The Art of the Australian Insult

“This is not Rome”
September 29, 2008, 3:24 am
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“This is not Rome. The people do not want circuses, they want services that work.”

Peter Wilkosz of Byron Bay writes to the SMH to comment on plans by the Labor government to spend $90 million on a V8 Supercar race in Sydney’s Olympic Park – a race that many residents do not want. Other writers are not impressed either:

“This latest in a long list of decisions to ignore the loud resistance of the community shows that Nathan Rees is continuing the ALP culture of deafness.” Kate Rowe, Ashfield.

“Since when did NSW have $90 million to spare to subsidise a wretched car race? I thought we were just about broke.” Jennie Owen, Baulkham Hills.


The Robbie Williams of politics
September 23, 2008, 7:31 am
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“Mr Speaker, this Opposition stands for big oil, fast cars and Bacardi Breezers. The Liberal Party is being led by Robbie Williams.”

Wayne Swan, as quoted by Annabel Crabb. September 5 2008. Bet you Labor is sooo wishing the Liberals were led by Robbie Williams now.

Organised grime
September 12, 2008, 12:11 am
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“A new description of NSW Labor: organised grime.”

Ian Morison, Forrest, ACT, letter to The Australian.

The decline and fall of the NSW Labor Empire
September 11, 2008, 11:49 pm
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“SEEING the pitiful demise of the once all-powerful New South Wales Labor Right is like witnessing first hand the collapse of the Roman Empire as it became infested with misfits, weirdos and perverts.”

Simon Benson comments on the events of the last week. He quotes a Labor Party member who says, “The term tomb stalkers comes to mind.”

Laying the myth to rest
September 11, 2008, 6:59 am
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“At least Kevin Rudd has laid to rest the myth that Labor Party is the battlers’ or working man’s party. You are the same as all the rest, interested only in the massive payout at the end of a very short, unproductive pretext of government.”

Daily Telegraph reader Bryan T. Lawton of Ocean Shores.

An arrogant shirker
September 10, 2008, 3:45 am
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“He was a shirker when we needed a nation-builder. The Australian economy, unfortunately for all of us, was left exposed by his personal neglect of skills and infrastructure, in particular.”

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan hits back at his predecessor Peter Costello’s criticism of the Labor government’s handling of the economy.

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.”