The Art of the Australian Insult

“He is an appalling role model”
July 21, 2008, 6:16 am
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“It is our official position. It is all about modelling behaviour to children. The education minister should be as accountable as us. We don’t want a hair of him anymore. He has demonstrated in so many ways in the last six months that he is an appalling role model.”

Spokesperson for a group of school principals who are opposing the reinstatement of John Della Bosca as Minister of Education in NSW. They argue that Della Bosca’s driving offences and swearing at journalists make him an unfit role model.

When cornered, just hide in the loo. Or call the police.
July 2, 2008, 5:37 am
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“Around about Epping he went into the toilet and didn’t come out until we reached Central. It was around twenty minutes he was in there. When he came out I said, “this rather awkward isn’t it.’’

Seven reporter Aela Callan reports on how NSW Education minister John Della Bosca hid in a toilet on a train in order to avoid a television crew. In contrast, his wife Belinda Neal called the police after a Channel 7 reporter mocking called “Don’t you know who I am?” to her.  Neal’s office released the following statement:

“This morning a team from A Current Affair followed Ms Neal from her home to her electorate office and forced their way through a secure area at the rear of Ms Neal’s office and the Commonwealth Bank and then pursued Ms Neal into her office. Police are presently investigating the incident in relation to entering enclosed lands and assault on Ms Neal. Police are understood to have asked A Current Affair for tapes of the incident.’’

Cabinet = bikie gang
June 16, 2008, 9:22 am
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“Like a bikie gang on indictment.”


A senior ALP figure’s description of the NSW cabinet without suspended education minister John Della Bosca, widely regarded as one of the most capable politicians in the

Yeah right, Morris
June 13, 2008, 5:36 am
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“The bar is high for politicians.”

Morris Iemma reveals a knack for irony while announcing his decision to suspend embattled NSW education minister John Della Bosca.  Della Bosca’s failure to tell Iemma that he had helped Iguanas to draft its apology to him was cited as the reason for the suspension.


Source: Daily Telegraph

Enemies in the freezer
June 12, 2008, 1:26 am
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“Ms Neal is a woman who, senior Labor sources say, keeps photographs and written names of her political enemies in her freezer. And neighbours told the Herald yesterday of police visits to Ms Neal’s home at Woy Woy Bay, where she lives with her husband, the NSW Education Minister, John Della Bosca. They had often heard her swearing and screaming coming from the house.”

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on Australia’s favourite power couple. Kevin Rudd interrupted his trip to Japan to tell Neal to undergo anger management therapy.


The Zinedine Zidane of Woy Woy
June 11, 2008, 1:28 am
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It matters not that the Della Boscas abuse of that power is the stuff of low-rent suburban parody, involving table placings at a Central Coast brasserie. If anything, it’s the lowness of their conduct and Ms Neal’s histrionics at such a mundane request, that casts them as such a farcical power-hungry duo.

Today, in a tangential twist on the restaurant story, with its threats of reprisals, the revoking of liquor licences and dark inquiries of ‘don’t you know who I am?’ to kids earning minimum wage, we see another, equally unpleasant side of Ms Neal – the soccer yob, the Zinedene Zidane of Woy Woy, rubbed out for two weeks after sinking the boot into a woman half her age.

Journalism may be the poorer for their absence but public life will be more civilised and sedate.

Mr Della Bosca has done his dash by covering up his and his wife’s bullying, and neither deserve to play an ongoing role in our parliaments.

The Daily Telegraph editorialises on the matter of John Della Bosca and his “arse-kicking” wife.

The ugly face of bullying
June 11, 2008, 12:54 am
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“This is the ugly face of bullying, where people who have got the power are using it to intimidate those who don’t have any.”

Dr Brendan Nelson comments on John Della Bosca’s and Belinda Neal’s Night at the Iguana.