The Art of the Australian Insult

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.

Don’t knife Brendan
August 26, 2008, 1:01 am
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“He’s doing a good job under difficult circumstances and the last thing we want to do is develop a tradition of knifing our leaders.”

Opposition spokesman on families, Tony Abbott, speaks out on behalf of the beleaguered Liberals leader.

A wounded animal
August 1, 2008, 7:12 am
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“He’s like one of those wounded animals on three legs. You feel very sorry for him, but you know what needs to be done.”

Senior Liberal on Brendan Nelson, whose continued leadership of the Opposition is now in some doubt. Another frontbencher commented after seeing Nelson argue with fellow parliamentarians in the partyroom:

“It was horrible. He was being bullied by septuagenarians.”

Lily-livered pseudo-conservatives
August 1, 2008, 5:03 am
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“Are these lily-livered pseudo-conservatives aware that small target policies won’t wash with the electorate? Why would voters be intereste din electing a marty who, when asked to make a stand, meekly surrenders to its perceptions of popular opinionm ignoring what is right for the country? A totally gutless display.”

Steve Atkins is critical of the Liberal stance on emissions trading and climate change. Barry Swan, also in the Daily Telegraph, has a more tongue in cheek view:

“It would seem from the number of differing positions emerging from the federal shadow cabinet on climate change that party strategists have determinded that offering the electorate more positions than exist in the Karma Sutra is the way to go.”