The Art of the Australian Insult

The secular sneerers
July 15, 2008, 1:21 am
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“So far the award for the leading sneerer goes to The Age columnist Catherine Deveny. Writing on June 18, she declared: “It’s official. The Catholic Church is fully sick. And so is George Pell.” Apparently this was some kind of joke. She depicted World Youth Day as a “week of prayer, trust exercises and rosary bead trading”. And Deveny went on to advise that, since the Pope will be celebrating Mass at Randwick racecourse, “all the Bernadettes and Gerards will be able to chill out with The Main Dude”. It is inconceivable that The Age would have run a similar article mocking Islam and slagging off all the Aishas and Muhammads.”

Gerard Henderson of the Sydney Institute criticises the anti-Catholic, anti-Christian tone of much of the media response to World Youth Day.

A city of whingers
July 4, 2008, 9:08 am
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“At what point did Sydney transform from being an international city akin to New York and London to some kind of provincial backwater like Adelaide? From hysterical responses to a V8 Supercar event at Olympic Park to the visit by the Pope for World Youth Day right through to the complaints inner-city bars and clubs are too loud, it seems we have become a city of whingers. No one wants anything loud or exciting or popular to happen in our village. No one wants activities that might bring in more tourists or inject more money into our struggling economy or give us anothe perspective to life.  So let’s close Sydney Airport, disconnect NSW from the national highway network and pull up the traiun tracks at the border. That should keep everyone happy and ensure Sydney becomes a monument to the 1950s – just like Adelaide.”

Simon Baker, letter to the Daily Telegraph.

Dead man ruling
July 3, 2008, 5:18 am
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“Needless to say, Frassati’s arrival has caused quite a stir – not least among Labor backbenchers, who are openly touting him as a possible replacement for Morris Iemma.”

Joe Hildebrand reflects on the arrival in Sydney of the 83 year old corpse of Italian saint-in-waiting Pier Giorgio Frassati.

Jesus is coming: look busy.
July 2, 2008, 9:45 am
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A small price to pay for annoying Catholics

Proposed T-shirt design for World Youth Day, as submitted to It is a little ambiguous: is this the price you pay to annoy Catholics, or to purchase Catholics who happen to be annoying? $5,500 is the fine that could be imposed on protestors at the massive Catholic gathering in Sydney in mid July, if they do so without the permission of the police. Another T-shirt reads: “Good luck, Pope. I’ve been waiting for a miracle at Randwick for years.”