The Art of the Australian Insult

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.”

More Morris Minor
July 18, 2008, 3:17 am
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A couple comments on embattled NSW Premier Morris Iemma from readers of the Daily Telegraph:

“The Premier is too lazy or too incompetent to run this state in a suitable manner.” Dick Filmer, Manly Vale.

“Thank you Morris Iemma for revealing that God inspires your rule. Was it a burning bush that convinced you of the need for an electricity sell off – or did the seas part and show you the way to desalination? I am deeply insulted and incensed by your implied belief that only your faith can provide a sense of meaning to life and a set of values for our children.” Nick Carroll.

State of Transport
July 16, 2008, 5:55 am
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“Where is the fucking train Mr Iemma?”

Irate fan waiting at Olympic Park station after the State of Origin.

So God is to blame for the mess in NSW?
July 16, 2008, 12:12 am
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How else to interpret the article (“How God inspires my rule of NSW” in the print edition) by Premier of NSW Morris Iemma in Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph in which he writes:

“My faith directly influences my Government’s policies in areas like mental health, disability services and housing for the needy and homeless.”

But not, presumably, energy and transport; perhaps those of the work (judging by the unhappiness they cause) of the Devil. Given Iemma’s unpopularity and moves afoot to unseat him, it’s just as well that his faith also helps him achieve a sense of “inner calm, understanding and forgiveness”.

“It’s important,” he reminds readers, “to never lose balance or perspective.”

Talentless dickheads and bad jokes down the gurgler
July 14, 2008, 2:29 am
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Just another day in NSW politics:

“I must be one of those talentless dickheads. I have been reluctant to talk publicly but this debate has to be about the party, not personalities. If we don’t we don’t do something now, things will spiral out of control.”

Labor MP Gerard Martin responds to comments by Michael Costa.


“When I heard Karl Bitar had been promoted to general secretary, I thought it was a joke. It’s turned out to be a bad joke.”

Michael Costa. He and Bitar called one another “fuckwits” at the NSW ALP conference in May.


“Politics is about taking people with you and he’s doing that all right. He’s taking his MPs right down the gurgler and they know that.”

Lisa Carty in the Sun-Herald on Morris Iemma.

“A fuckwit and a disgrace”
July 10, 2008, 3:39 am
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“A fuckwit and a disgrace.”

Treasurer Michael Costello doesn’t mince his words when it comes to leftwing MP Geoff Corrigan, with whom he had a screaming match.  State ALP chief Karl Bitar is campaigning to dump NSW Premier Morris Iemma. As reported in the Daily Telegraph, Bitar subsequently said – diplomatically – that he had had a “useful discussion” with Iemma:

“Clearly the intensity and the emotion of the electricity debate has left some scars within the Party and it’s time we all got back to work.”

Stations of the cross are devil’s work
July 8, 2008, 6:03 am
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“Stations of the cross.” Syndey Morning Herald.

“Devil’s work.” Daily Telegraph.

Two headlines in response to the strike threatened by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, which would coincide with the height of the World Youth Day celebrations. Morris Iemma has responded to the union’s demands, saying:

“The Government will not be blackmailed into giving them what they want as a result of these industrial terror tactics. The threat to embarrass the state on one of the most important days in its history cuts no ice.”