The Art of the Australian Insult

November 27, 2008, 4:55 am
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“The Liberal MP Fran Bailey, who was castigated on Tuesday for falling asleep during question time, fought valiantly against the soporific effects of such a lengthy Rudd oration.

At one point, she rose and disappeared from the chamber, presumably to walk herself up and down like a colicky horse.”

Annabel Crabb describes Kevin Rudd’s first speech after his return from the APEC summit:

“As he arrived for question Time, at 2pm, the Prime Minister scanned the Opposition front bench and performed a double-take when he espied the employment spokesman, Andrew Southcott, whose Movember moustache has survived a sickly infancy to become a luxuriant ornament to his upper lip. Noticing the PM’s surprise, Mr Southcott told him: “I grew it – while you were away.”

The comment was a palpable hit; even the row of disciplined countenances along the Government’s front bench betrayed the odd appreciative smirk.

Only the Saudi delegation in the visitors’ gallery seemed immune, but then – it’s always Movember in Saudi Arabia.”


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