The Art of the Australian Insult

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.

No relevance or interest? Really?
August 4, 2008, 12:10 am
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When Morris Iemma was asked about the cost of staff employed in his office, he said, “Changes in my office, or any other office, have no  relevance or interest to the people of this state.”


Here are two responses from Sunday Telegraph readers, who – not unexpectedly – were a little put out by Iemma’s attitude:

“If ever proof was needed that Mr Iemma and his mate Mr Costa were completely out of touch with reality, this wraps it up. Of course it’s relevant and of interest to the people of NSW. Who does this clown thinks pays the bill?”

Barrie J.  Ridgway, Cooranbong


“The abject arrogance of this egotistical Premier…what utter garbage. We are the idiots who have to pay for all these spin doctors and all his staff’s wages – not that any number of spin doctors, no matter how good they might be, could ever save this hopeless, inept bunch of drongos from their very worst enemy: themselves.”

David Ingram, Randwick.

Astounding arrogance
August 1, 2008, 7:33 am
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“No amount of money and not even the cleverest of media spinners is going to make your performance or you look good and we, the people of the state, know when we are being ripped off. Your arrogance is astounding, your misreading of public sentiment is even more astounding.”

R Billett, letter to the Daily Telegraph, in response to reports that Morris Iemma has an eight-strong media spin team.

A bunch of spivs
August 1, 2008, 4:57 am
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“What a bunch of spivs.”

Daily Telegraph reader Ryszard Linkiewicz is not impressed with Morris Iemma and Michael Costa, who earn big salaries wile denying salary increases to paramedics, teachers and other workers. News of claims that aliens are real led to this quip from Bernard Rubens:

“Rumour has it that a visitor from outer space has arrived on earth. If the rumour is correct, please direct the visitor to Macquarie St to assist Mr Iemma and his cabinet.”


Another reader found an opportunity to link another piece of current news to Morris Iemma:


“The Beijing smog now as a new official name: “unrelieved humidity”. NSW now has a new name as well – “smug”, “unbelievable stupidity” formerly known as Morris Iemma.”

Jurassic Park meets Tales from the Crypt

“It paled a bit beside the world youth jamboree, but the thrilling news was that Labor’s elder statesmen have entered the fray. Graham “Whatever-it-takes” Richardson has reportedly joined the anti-Iemma forces. Barrie Unsworth is rounding up such giants of the past as John McBean and Michael Easson to support the Premier. This is not politics. It’s Jurassic Park.” 

Mike Carlton. Earlier, Joe Weller had written to the SMH with a similar point:

“Forget about the stars of the show at Iguanas Waterfront; when Graham Richardson is allowed to emerge from the crypt and walk with the politically still living, you know that the ALP has a problem. It is called relevance.”