The Art of the Australian Insult


A mincing poodle
February 24, 2009, 2:17 am
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“In a choice between macho and mincing, I would have gone for macho myself. And obviously the Leader of the Opposition (Malcolm Turnbull), faced with the choice of a doberman or poodle, has gone for the poodle. Presumably he prefers Abba to Cold Chisel, because that is the kind of thing we see on display.”

Julia Gillard compares Christopher Pyne unfavorably to Tony Abbott.



Jobs for boyfriends
November 27, 2008, 4:34 am
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Two responses in the SMH to the appointment of deputy prime minister Julia Gillard’s partner as a men’s health ambassador:

The hypocrisy of George Brandis and Barnaby Joyce is breathtaking (“Gillard’s guy on campaign trail”, November 26). If Julia Gillard was a bloke whose wife was appointed an ambassador for women’s health, no one would raise an eyebrow. More likely, there would be all-round approval for the partner of such a senior government member stepping up to the plate. I say good on Tim Mathieson for being prepared to make a contribution.
Helen Rogers Ashbury

Once it was jobs for the boys. Now, it seems, it’s jobs for the boyfriends.

John Pierce Abbotsford

And then this response in reaction to a piece by Annabel Crabb:

First Dude (“As well as Bob’s bananas, fruit from Fran for peels of laughter”, November 26)? We are no longer George’s poodles. First Bloke, please.

Deborah Nolan Macmasters Beach



Julia Gillard faced with urinary dipsticks
November 14, 2008, 2:17 am
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“THERE really isn’t any doubt any more about whether the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has the killer instinct.

The problem tends more to be how to drag her off the victim’s body.”

Annabel Crabb, who also observed:

“Later she unblinkingly answered a question from Warren Truss concerning urinary dipsticks.

One suspects that Ms Gillard has seen rather a lot during her time in politics, including the odd urinary dipstick.

Hence her composure.”



Kev, please spend more time on that 747
September 29, 2008, 3:47 am
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“KEVIN Rudd had best keep a close eye on Deputy PM Julia Gillard. Anyone who watched question time last week could not have helped being struck by Gillard’s relaxed and confident handling of the top job at the dispatch boxes. She was so self-assured and polished that you rather wished Kev08 would spend more time travelling. He is so studied and so addicted to using 100 words when 10 would do that you almost cringe when a question is put to him, knowing that the next 10 minutes of your life are going to be wasted.”

D.J. McNicoll.



Pub conversations
August 4, 2008, 8:45 am
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“The average pub conversation is likely to canvass something political: Kevin Rudd cliches, the price of petrol, the evolution of Julia Gillard’s hair, Morris Iemma’s uselessness…”

Rachel Olding reports on a political debate held in a pub.