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The decline and fall of Australian political invective

Paul Keating appears have lost his demon, judging from the transition from this:

"You just can't have a position where some pumped up bunyip potentate dismisses an elected government."

"The little desiccated coconut is under pressure and he is attacking anything he can get his hands on... (he is) still there araldited to the seat".

"For John Howard to get to any high moral ground he would have to first climb out of the volcanic hole he's dug for himself over the last decade. You know, it's like one of those deep diamond mined holes in South Africa, you know, they're about a mile underground. He'd have to come a mile up to get to even equilibrium, let alone have any contest in morality with Kevin Rudd".

To this, in today's Sydney Morning Herald:

"In national terms, to have such a nong(1) - and [former Oz chancellor Costello] is, in policy terms he is a mouse - to have him back again, speaks volumes about the Liberal Party,'' Mr Keating said.

(1) - 'in Australian slang, nong is used as a pretty mild and/or endearing insult. a bit of a twit, or idiot. nothing too mean or horrid is meant by calling someone a nong'. Urban Dictionary

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