The Art of the Australian Insult

Treat them like cattle
February 25, 2009, 1:47 am
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“Anyone who has used Sydney Airport can testify to Mr Moore-Wilton’s approach to the delivery of services and infrastructure – treat the customers like cattle and charge them exorbitantly for the privilege.

He has created one of the worst managed, most uncomfortable and most expensive airports in the world. Now the Liberals want him to show them how to do the same with all our big infrastructure and capital works.”

John Pomeroy of Stanmore comments on revelations that NSW Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell is to take advice from Max Moore-Wilton.

Liberal invertebrates in search of a spine
September 10, 2008, 3:41 am
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“Now NSW voters have a choice between the “you’re either with us or you’re an idiot” bullies of Labor or the “we’ll only do it if it’s in our short-term interests” wimps of the Coalition. Dark days indeed.”


Anthony van den Broek, Erskineville NSW, letter to The Australian. Bowral resident Bill Carpenter, arguing in the same paper, makes a point about the Liberals’ NSW leader:


“Morris Iemma is smarter than he looks. His power sell-off has exposed Barry O’Farrell as an invertebrate looking for a spine.”

Miracle of miracles, somebody loves Morris
August 11, 2008, 3:07 am
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Daily Telegraph Gerry Ambroisine thinks that Morris Iemma is doing a good job “in very difficult circumstances”:

“Let’s stop the whingeing and being negative. For the sake of Morris Iemma and its people, let us all get behind Morris Iemma and his government. Heaven forbid if this sorry divided Nationals-Liberals lot,led by the hapless and ineffectual Barry O’Farrell, manage to sneak in at the 2011 elections.”

Farming with lemons (and raffling the odd chook)

“His legacy left to NSW and its people will be one of largesse, folly, incompetence, ineptitude and inefficiency and will be incontrovertibly recorded as the worst government in NSW history. He should be looking seriously at employment post politics and I strongly suggest he consider fruit growing or becoming an orchardist as he is surrounded by absolute lemons.”


David Ingram, letter to Daily Telegraph. One the other hand, while the state indulges in Iemma-bashing, Deborah Cameron did say,

“I am not sure we can blame Morris Iemma for a football result.”

(As quoted by Joe Hildebrand.)


In general though, it’s open season on Morris Minor, as Ken Robinson of Newcastle makes clear in a letter to the Telegraph on June 30:

“Morris, actions speak louder than words and, based on your track record, the sooner they kick you out the better we will all be. Your Government is a Disgrace!

You fooled us into belieivng that your mob deserved a second chance. Well, a leopard doesn’t change its spots, and once again the NSW ALP has proven to us all that you guys couldn’t even run a chook raffle if you tried. The sooner we vote you out the better.”


Mark, writing in the same edition, takes a more fatalist view:

“It isn’t hard to see that who ever is running this state is an idiot, but mark my wors he will win the next election because the same idiots that supported these idiots last time will do the same again.”


But is there any serious alternative? Robert doesn’t think so:

“Thanks for letting the public know what they were aware of for years Barry. You are an absolute expert in the bleeding obvious, now how about actually moving your party forward from behind the bench and introducing the shadow cabinet to the public?…Is there a point to the Opposition apart from colecting public monies for your salaries? Talk is cheap.”