The Art of the Australian Insult

The Foot Wars
July 18, 2008, 3:58 am
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“Rugby League is the only game on earth that is less fun than work.”

Tim Blair, who maintains that Rugby League is a “cruel joke playe don the working classes”. In contrast. AFL teams are thriving, even in Adelaide, “where the local economy is based on kidnapping”.

Rugby League fan Luke McIlveen hits back, declaring that Tim Blair “writes shit nobody understands”. “I’ve never sat through an AFL game from start to finish, but I;m told it goes longer than World Youth Day – only with less chance of becoming involved in a physical confrontation.” He also mocks Blair for coming from Melbourne:

“Surprised, in fact, you made it out of one of those quaint lanway wine bars long enough to polish your specs and turn your mind to something other than carbon credits.”


A city of whingers
July 4, 2008, 9:08 am
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“At what point did Sydney transform from being an international city akin to New York and London to some kind of provincial backwater like Adelaide? From hysterical responses to a V8 Supercar event at Olympic Park to the visit by the Pope for World Youth Day right through to the complaints inner-city bars and clubs are too loud, it seems we have become a city of whingers. No one wants anything loud or exciting or popular to happen in our village. No one wants activities that might bring in more tourists or inject more money into our struggling economy or give us anothe perspective to life.  So let’s close Sydney Airport, disconnect NSW from the national highway network and pull up the traiun tracks at the border. That should keep everyone happy and ensure Sydney becomes a monument to the 1950s – just like Adelaide.”

Simon Baker, letter to the Daily Telegraph.