The Art of the Australian Insult


“How dare he embarrass us in this manner”
August 20, 2008, 12:00 am
Filed under: Sex | Tags: ,

 “The outraged women of Mount Isa felt that the mayor’s comments were archaic and it is totally not the image that we want to project for our city. We can’t stand for this, we need to get out there and say ‘you need to go’. How dare he embarrass us in this manner.”

Mount Isa resident Tracy Pertovt, 35, has organised a protest calling for the resignation of mayor John Moloney, who this week called on ugly women to move to the town (because, as he implied, men there were desperate and they would get lucky). Moloney is unapologetic:

“They will have to do more than call for my resignation. I won’t be resigning because I’m quite comfortable with what I said. Mount Isa, my city, has taken the Olympic Games off the front page of papers all over Australia and the world and I’ve never heard of that happening before. People have supported me everywhere and at the moment I feel like I’m sitting on the top of Mount Kosciusko.”

Several residents wore T-shirts to a town meeting declaring “I’m ugly and I vote” or “Beauty-challenged”.

 



Quality-disadvantaged men
August 19, 2008, 8:17 am
Filed under: Sex | Tags: ,

“To be honest, there just aren’t top-quality men here. They are too busy drinking XXXX to notice the women and all they do is whistle or yell or beep as you go past – those sorts of communication skills which I just love.”

Single Mount Isa resident, 26-year-old podiatrist Catherine Willett. There has been an outcry by the town’s women in response to Mayor Moloney’s invitation to “beauty-disadvantaged” women.



The redneck badge of honour
August 19, 2008, 2:40 am
Filed under: Sex | Tags: , , , ,

“Two women came in and said ‘We’ve got to get rid of this drongo’. I said I’d be happy to help. He’s just a dusted-off cowboy from Camooweal.”

Mount Isa news agent Larry Ferris responds to calls by mayor John Molony for “beauty-disadvantaged” women to move to the town and find happiness. Federal MP Bob Katter defended Molony, saying he was a “national hero”:

“The town is desperately short of women. We just haven’t got women here. He’s highlighted the problem and the way he’s said it, he’s got national publicity. He’s just letting people know it’s good fun to be a woman in Mount Isa. If he’s got to take a few brickbats on the head that won’t bother Molony.”

Katter also said he saw nothing wrong in descriptions of Moloney as a “redneck”:

“We are all rednecks up here. We don’t carry it around as a badge of shame, we carry it around as a badge of honour.”

But local women are not impressed with Moloney’s comments. State MP for the Mount Isa electorate, Betty Kiernan, suggested that Moloney go to etiquette school. “What do these sorts of statements say about our community?” she said. “It’s horrifying that in this day and age a public figure would say such things. What era is he living in?”