The Art of the Australian Insult

“You’d rather see the country fail”
April 6, 2009, 5:35 am
Filed under: Politicians, The economy | Tags: ,

“They are just completely irresponsible and reckless. I think they would rather see the country fail than see the Rudd Government succeed.”

Treasurer Wayne Swan hits out at the Opposition’s threat to block aspects of the budget if they are unhappy with allocations, during an interview on the ABC.

More goose than Swan
October 8, 2008, 3:18 am
Filed under: Business, Politicians, The economy | Tags: ,

“He is a useless excuse for a Treasurer, appears to be afraid of the banks and totally misleads the public whenever he feels like it…He is totally misnamed – Wayne Swan should have been named Wayne Goose.”

Robert Scott, Rosemeadow, letter to the Daily Telegraph. Other readers agree:

“Giving them carte blanche to do as they will with interest rates is a disgusting, spineless surrender by Wayne Swan…Wayne Swan is running the economy the same way Kevin Rudd is running the country – into the ground.” Steve Limbrick, Hornsby Heights.

“If you don’t know what you’re talking about Wayne Swan, then shut your pie hole and let us get some help.” TG, Holsworthy.

Ricky Ponting for the Brownlow Medal
September 24, 2008, 6:09 am
Filed under: Politicians, Sport | Tags: , ,

“I would not be surprised if he was out there next congratulating Ricky Ponting for winning the Brownlow Medal.”

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan mocks Malcolm Turnbull’s lack of sports knowledge.

The Robbie Williams of politics
September 23, 2008, 7:31 am
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“Mr Speaker, this Opposition stands for big oil, fast cars and Bacardi Breezers. The Liberal Party is being led by Robbie Williams.”

Wayne Swan, as quoted by Annabel Crabb. September 5 2008. Bet you Labor is sooo wishing the Liberals were led by Robbie Williams now.

The Malcolm Turnbull definition of alcopops
September 21, 2008, 11:01 pm
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“The member for Wentworthy has no great affiliation with those sort of everyday goods. He thinks alcopops is the noise that is made when he uncorks a Moet.”

Treasurer Wayne Swan makes a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time, September 16 2008.

Is Wayne just there to make Kevin look good?
September 18, 2008, 1:48 am
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“DOES Wayne Swan have a function in the present government, or is he there just to make Kevin Rudd look good?”

John Mitchell, St Kilda East, Vic, letter to The Australian.

“He’s got a very big ego”
September 16, 2008, 11:35 pm
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“I notice today that he went to great lengths to say he was a self-made man, and good on him if he was. But my observation is that he is also self-obsessed.  He’s got a very big ego and I don’t think he’s got that affinity with average working Australians that leaders need. That’s my personal judgment.”

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan on new Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull.

An exercise in egomania
September 15, 2008, 3:09 am
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Treasurer Wayne Swan declares that Peter Costello’s memoirs “are an exercise in egomania if ever I’ve seen one” and argues,

“Apart from the well-documented pea-hearted involving the leadership, he was a policy lamb. He was so timid that, despite saying he would strike out in areas of his own, he never did…

“He launched a couple of petulant but futile attempts to get Howard to take his back and ball and go home.”

An arrogant shirker
September 10, 2008, 3:45 am
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“He was a shirker when we needed a nation-builder. The Australian economy, unfortunately for all of us, was left exposed by his personal neglect of skills and infrastructure, in particular.”

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan hits back at his predecessor Peter Costello’s criticism of the Labor government’s handling of the economy.

“Go jump”
July 28, 2008, 3:47 am
Filed under: Business, Politicians | Tags: ,

“They will take any set of figures and slice and dice them at any time to suit their argument because they were making a motza out of this (binge-drinking of RTDs). We’ve put an end to it. Well, they can go jump.”

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan is unmoved by criticism of the alcopops tax.