The Art of the Australian Insult


“Don’t take yourself so bloody seriously”
November 4, 2008, 5:54 am
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“Todd Phillips, if you want to be an Australian citizen, here’s a tip. Don’t take yourself so bloody seriously.”

Stephen Lacey of Pearl Beach responds to an American SMH reader who was upset by the paper’s characterising of Sarah Palin supporters as “rednecks”.



She kept her Wonderbra and burnt her brain
October 16, 2008, 2:06 am
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“very, very dangerous. There’s something wrong with her … She’s a post-feminist – she’s kept her Wonderbra and burnt her brain.”

Kathy Lette on Sarah Palin.



Moose-shooting, husband-rooting, own-horn-tooting
October 14, 2008, 4:36 am
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“And can somebody please explain why feminists of a certain age sneer at Palin when she is a self-made sister who combines career and family, despite the burden of being married to a dill who describes himself as Alaska’s First Dude?

Is it just because she is a moose-shooting (it wins Alaskan elections), husband-rooting (she didn’t come across that tribe of children on a hunting trip), own-horn-tooting (McCain heard about her somehow) woman who hasn’t read enough Germaine Greer to understand her own oppression?”

Stephen Matchett.



Now that you ask…
October 3, 2008, 5:29 am
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“Why are the Republicans so worried about Sarah Palin’s apparent lack of competence to serve as US vice-president when they were happy to give the presidential nomination to George W. Bush?”

Martin McKenna, Birkdale, Qld, letter to The Australian.