The Art of the Australian Insult

“You’d rather see the country fail”
April 6, 2009, 5:35 am
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“They are just completely irresponsible and reckless. I think they would rather see the country fail than see the Rudd Government succeed.”

Treasurer Wayne Swan hits out at the Opposition’s threat to block aspects of the budget if they are unhappy with allocations, during an interview on the ABC.

Hide it in the mattress
April 3, 2009, 10:53 pm
Filed under: International relations, The economy

“Don’t put your stimulus bonus under the bed, folks. According to the Opposition, that’s where the Chinese are hiding.”

Steve Forsyth, Tumut, NSW, letter to The Australian.

The glue that binds the nation
February 16, 2009, 1:13 am
Filed under: State of the nation, The economy | Tags: ,

“It is infuriating that Big Kev can blow $42 billion on a relatively new problem while the intergenerational neglect of the first Australians festers beneath the facade of a fair go for all.

The staggering scale of this injustice is not an accident; it is proof that racism is the glue by which this nation is bound.”

Jonathan Hill Old Erowal Bay, letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Lying about the size of your package
February 16, 2009, 1:08 am
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“Interviewed on ABC News Radio on Friday morning, the Opposition MP Joe Hockey declaimed that “the Government has lied about the size of its package”. It’s OK, Joe. Blokes do that all the time.”

Nathan Zamprogno Richmond, letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

A “brazen act of economic criminality”
February 8, 2009, 6:59 am
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“Those not in the right income range, the severely stressed middle class (and this is as much a white collar as blue collar recession-depression), watch in fury as others enjoy another windfall. Why, because the Prime Minister is eyeing Howard’s workers. Yet another obscenity in this brazen act of economic criminality.”

David Hirst criticises the $42 billion stimulus plan. He is not impressed with the Opposition either:

“But the handouts have nothing to do with economics. Turnbull, while decrying Labor’s giveaway, is happy to see more money doled out in the way of tax cuts — as is the Government. This is akin to applying leeches to bleed a patient already weakened.

The nation is going to pot.”

February 7, 2009, 2:33 am
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“Could it be that Kevin Rudd’s ideological basis for the $42billion answer to life, the recession and everything is more Douglas Adams than John Maynard Keynes?”

Jeremy Shor, Dianella, WA, letter to The Australian.

“This one-eyed Scottish idiot”
February 6, 2009, 11:48 pm
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“I’ve never seen such a nervous man. It’s the first time we’ve seen a world leader admit we really are in deep shit. He genuinely looked terrified. In England we have this one-eyed Scottish idiot … who keeps telling us everything is fine and he’s saved the world, and we know he’s lying.”

Jeremy Clarkson compares Kevin Rudd to Gordon Brown at a press conference in Sydney. Clarkson later apologised after his remarks caused a fracas in the UK.