The Art of the Australian Insult

Rooting the Opposition
February 8, 2009, 7:09 am
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“We’ve only been here for a day, and we’re already rooted.”

Liberal MP, as quoted by Annabel Crabb.

Stimulus, then premature election?
February 6, 2009, 5:33 am
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Readers of The Australian try their hand at comedy:

I can see Labor’s slogan for the next election now—“Kevin Rudd: pocket change you can believe in!”

Daniel Avey 
Paddington, Qld


In November 2007, Kevin Rudd announced that he wanted to put a computer on every senior student’s desk at a cost of $1billion. With the second stimulus package of $42 billion, it looks as though every Australian household will have a plasma TV by 2010. 

Ed Sianski 
West Moonah, Tas

Does anyone else get the feeling that all this stimulation is the forerunner to a premature election?

Geoff O’Brien 
Eltham, Vic

I agree with the Liberal Party and all its supporters: let’s immediately do nothing.

Geoff Edmanson 
Brassall, Qld

“Get out of the road”
February 6, 2009, 3:00 am
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“Only Mr Turnbull stands in the road. Therefore I would say to Mr Turnbull and the Liberal party, get out of the road of the government getting on with the job of nation-building and supporting jobs at a time of national economic emergency.”

Kevin Rudd, determined to get the $42 billion stimulus plan approved, does not mince his words.

A collection of opportunists masquerading as a cause
September 29, 2008, 3:35 am
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“…the Liberal Party is not a political movement or a political philosophy but, apart from a band of idealists, a collective of opportunists masquerading as a cause. The deeper you go, the less you find.”

Paul Sheehan.

Pavonine souffles past
September 17, 2008, 3:34 am
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SMH readers reflect on the new leader of the Opposition, a man who is worth between $125 and $140 million:

Malcolm Turnbull said in his first speech as Opposition Leader: “I know what it’s like to have no money.” Was he writing that speech last week from his gondola in Venice?

David Crandell Surry Hills

Malcolm Turnbull’s rise to the Liberal leadership evokes memories of pavonine souffles past.

Max Horton Adelaide

“Kevin Rudd has no shame” is Howard’s theme
July 9, 2008, 4:22 am
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“I think that two things have begun to implant themselves in the minds of the Australian people. The first is the absolutely dishonest and pathetic attempt by (Labor) that somehow they (inherited) an economic mess. They have no shame.”

John Howard criticises the Rudd government during a rare public speech. He continues:

“How members of a political party that left us with the enormous problems we inherited should dare to do that …(The second is) the new Prime Minister doesn’t seem to have a theme. Politics is about conviction. Politics is not just about the joy of being in government. But you seem to get the impression that my successor is more interested in the process of government than the opportunity of leadership that government provides.”