The Art of the Australian Insult

Justice for Morris
September 28, 2008, 11:42 pm
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“Why not give Morris Iemma unlimited access to train travel in NSW as part of his retirement package?”

Robbie Roach, Randwick, letter to the SMH.

Not enough low cunning to succeed
September 24, 2008, 12:07 am
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Responses from Daily Telegraph readers to an interview with ex NSW Premier Morris Iemma:

“He seems far too nice to be in politics. He never had the low cunning, deceit and bastardry to succeed.” Neil Stanners, Loftus.

“Morris, if you hadn’t been so self-absorbed, you would have known that voters were sick of you and your treasurer. Take the punishment and stop whingeing.” Lee Scanlan, Campbelltown.

“…if he had a shred of decency about him, he would surrender his parliamentary pension to the state of NSW to compensate for the mess he and his nitwit mate Costa caused us.” Serial letter-writer David Ingram of Randwick, who repeated his assertion that Iemma’s government was the “most utterly uselessm, inept, incompetent government in the history of the state”.

“They were all clowns”
September 11, 2008, 4:27 am
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“I ran away to the circus but there was no ringmaster. They were all clowns. When they did unravel I wasn’t in the least bit surprised.”

Former Channel Nine reporter Adam Walters, who was hired as a spin doctor for Morris Iemma and is now unemployed. He is also dating former health minister Reba Meagher, who after she was dropped from Cabinet,  reportedly told Iemma he was “weak as piss”, and threatened to expose the mess he had made in his time as health minister.

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.”

“Wear a knife-proof vest”
September 9, 2008, 5:43 am
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What will NSW residents whinge about now that Morris Iemma and Michael Costa have left the building? For the moment, they will celebrate the fact that he is gone:

“It is indeed a happy day for NSW to be finally rid of the useless Iemma and his dummy-spitting treasurer.” Paul Carson, Westmead, letter to the Daily Telegraph.

Others are offering advice to Iemma’s replacement:

“The first bit of advice one should offer new Premier Nathan Rees is to buy himself a rear-vision mirror and be fitted for a knife-proof vest, as all his “loyal” political mates (for now) are right behind him.” Vic Emerton, Chester Hill, letter to the Daily Telegraph.

Carmel Tebbutt, the new deputy premier, also comes in for comment:

“What an inspiration Ms Tebbutt is to all of us. Carmel relinquished her ministry to look after Nathan. Now she has returned – to babysit another one!” John Flett, Wangi.

NSW voters seem largely unimpressed by the new cabinet, otherwise known as Rees’s Pieces:

“Roozendaal? Tripodi? Some clean-out. Yet agaoin state Labor gas shown their contempt for NSW, serving the factions first and foremost, the party second and the voters a dim and distant third.” Paul Henreid, Sydney.

“Minister for this, minister for that – talk about jobs for boys and girls.” Jimmy, Sydney.

“One bunch of idiots replaced by another bunch of idiots.” Peter, Sydney.

Many observers have commented on the fact that Nathan Rees was once a garbage collector:

“Same rubbish – different stink.” Alex, Syney.

“Despite his professional experience as a garbo, new Premier Nathan Rees is yet to show his aptitude to clean out the rubbish in the state ministry.” Steve Edgetton, Leumeah.

“Everything he touches turns to mud”
September 4, 2008, 7:12 am
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Michael Costa is not popular with Daily Telegraph readers:

“I can’t believe Michael Costa still has a job. Everything he touches turns to mud.” Craig want, Sydney.

“Michael Costa is the supreme example of the self perpetuating Sussex St grandees who are all over the state parliamentary party like a rash. Spin and bluster have replaced detailed analytical debate, policy or respect for any of the Labor traditions and principals [sic]. So Mr Costa, please pick up your bat, ball and parliamentary pension and head off to the big end of town’s boardrooms that you are so eagerly trying to ingratiate yourself and play with their shareholder’s money.” Peter Seinor, Maroubra.

“Morris Iemma is so incompetent that Michael Costa could tell him anything and Morris would agree. Michael, give it away because your name along with the entire state Labor Party and the Premier are already in the history books as the most incompetent clowns ever to govern the state of NSW.” Rod Williams, Mt Annan.

Morris Iemma, Marie Antoinette fan
August 27, 2008, 1:26 am
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“This guy and his rotten cronies need to be kicked out.” Daniel Taylor, Westmead.

“No money for hospitals, no money to improve the disgraceful condition of some of our schools, no money to give a decent increase in wages fpr nurses, firemen, ambulance officers or police. Why can’t the money Morris Iemma wants to waste on sport be used in these areas? Mr Iemma and his inept Labor colleagues now have a new catchphrase, “Give them sport”. (He must be a fan of Marie Antoinette.)” Lyn Grace, Artarmon.

Daily Telegraph readers who respond negatively to the announcement by Morris Iemma that lottery funding would go to elite sport.

Pack your bags Morrie
August 20, 2008, 8:32 am
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“Pack your bags Morrie and hit the road son – the party’s over.”

The words David Ingram of Randwick (where does he find the time to write so many letters?) says that every NSW wants to hear.

Miracle of miracles, somebody loves Morris
August 11, 2008, 3:07 am
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Daily Telegraph Gerry Ambroisine thinks that Morris Iemma is doing a good job “in very difficult circumstances”:

“Let’s stop the whingeing and being negative. For the sake of Morris Iemma and its people, let us all get behind Morris Iemma and his government. Heaven forbid if this sorry divided Nationals-Liberals lot,led by the hapless and ineffectual Barry O’Farrell, manage to sneak in at the 2011 elections.”

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.