The Art of the Australian Insult

A corruption-resistant state
October 9, 2008, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Politicians | Tags: , ,

“If Premier Nathan Rees ever decides to resign from Parliament like his predecessors, he can go straight into a new career as a stand-up comedian. I laughed out loud at his comment that the ICAC report into the scandal in Wollongong meant that NSW was a “corruption-resistant state”.”

Colleen Abela, Rouse Hill, letter to the Daily Telegraph.


“Sydney is schizo”
July 14, 2008, 2:33 am
Filed under: Place | Tags: , , ,

Melbourne-born poet Alan Wearne isn’t sure about Sydney:


“I tell you what, Sydney’s redneck quotient makes the outback look tolerant. I know Melbourne has all the gangland crime but the things happen in Sydney, like the Cronulla riots and the talkback clowns, that doesn’t happen down South.

Sydney is schizo: it’s the city of the Gay Mardi Gras and Fred Nileand the Hillsong church, just like the early days of settlement when you ad the Reverend Samuel Marsden on the one hand and Bacchanalian convict revelry on the other. When Sydney is nasty, it is really vicious.”

As if to make his point, after the interview took place, Wearne was the victim of a bashing on the South Coast train to Wollongong.

Double Pay in Wollongong
June 16, 2008, 9:26 am
Filed under: Lifestyles | Tags: ,

“It’s all about money now down here. It’s becoming more Double Bay, is probably the best way to put it.”


Pedro Coonbas, northern Wollongong resident, on the influx of city money into the region in the wake of the opening of the Sea Cliff Bridge.

sea cliff

Source: The Age