The Art of the Australian Insult

“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.

Reba breaks Joe
August 18, 2008, 3:37 am
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“In Reba Meagher I thought I had found the perfect woman: a compassionate and intelligent lady of timeless beauty (she has been 39 for three years now) who can sniff out a free drink like a truffle.

She is also a masterful politician. For example, by living in Coogee instead of her electorate of Cabramatta, she has achieved the perfect balance between representing the interests of working people and no having to touch them.”

Joe Hildebrand, who says his heart was broken because Reba refused his invitation to appear on his online show Red Chair in the Square. This, he said, was punishment for an article reporting the chauffeur incident in the Daily Telegraph. Hildebrand reflected:

“Before I go on I want to make it perfectly reasonable and legitimate for any democratically elected government to tell the media that unless they write only positive stories they will be cut off from all contact and no longer recognized. It has worked well in China for decades.”


Hildebrand concludes with this advice for Meagher:

“Remember the life philosophy of your mentor Joseph Pilates: “F… over the Left at all costs and no matter what you’ve done it is always somebody else’s fault.”

Meagher pickings
August 15, 2008, 5:38 am
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“What is it with Labor women and their born-to-rule attitude? It’s hard to forget Belinda Neal’s “don’t-you-know-who-I-am?” performance, monstering young waiters at Iguanas Waterfront bar on the Central Coast in June.

Ultimately, Meagher’s treatment of her driver may seem a trivial matter to harp on, but you can tell a great deal about a person’s character by their behaviour towards perceived subordinates, whether drivers or waiters. Marie Antoinette was guillotined for less.”

Mirande Devine reflects on NSW Health Minister Reba Meagher, who left a driver waiting all night for her outside an entertainment venue while she went home with her new boyfriend.  Meagher’s behaviour brought forth a flurry of criticism from members of the public, as these comments in the Daily Telegraph indicate:

“Beofre sje was considered as incompetent; now I think she is just plain evil.” Norm, Penrith.

“The arrogance and incompetence and general lack of community expectations marks [Labor] for a long term in opposition.” Chris McGinness, Erskineville.

“Why do ministers need to be chauffeur-driven around anyway. This country pays through the nose for politicians to be pampared and pandered to. I’m sick to death of hearing stories like this of taxpayer money being wasted. Reba Meagher is just an MP, for God’s sake, not the bloody Queen.

She can drive herself to work, or take public transport like other mere mortals. It’s clear why politicians don’t give a rat’s arse about the decaying public transport system – they never have to use it.

It’s time we brought them all back down to earth. It’s completely immoral that they enjoy the use of a car and driver while the rest of us struggle to fill the petrol tank and pay for the groceries.” Julia Uhlen, Neutral Bay.

“Reba Meagher, I think people will be as glad to see you go as they will Morris and, believe me, you are going – that is a given. Now sjut up and ive the public some value for money in your role instead of having your nose constantly in the trough.” Ian Atkinson, Wallagoot.