Things they say

When you get older, get in the twilight of your life like me, it’s common for Australians to build a boat or take the Women’s Weekly round the world trip right?…So in my case, I just wanted to build a boat like any other bloke would.
Clive Pamer, 59, referring to his commissioning a replica of The Titanic

I meant Tony was lightweight in the context of boxing… I’d be a heavyweight in that sense.
Clive Palmer commenting on Tony Abbott’s political gravitas

She’s like a time warp. The sort of things she says [about human rights] are what Labor used to say on a run-of-the-mill basis.
A Labor Party colleague on Melissa Parke’s opposition to the Pacific Solution 2.0

Evolution has favoured the advanced, Western homo sapiens whereas deep pockets of the Middle East remain stalled somewhere in the seventh century
Alan Howe, enlightened columnist for Melbourne’s Herald Sun

It’s somewhat occupying the zone of One Nation
Chris Squelch, former North Queensland party chair on Bob Katter’s Australia Party

If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself—spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.
Gina Rinehart knows a lot about working your way into riches

The Americans have the greatest possible respect and affection for the Australians… This is not because they give sweets to children… It is because the Australians close with the enemy and kill them with great ruthlessness. And they do so in big numbers.
Greg Sheridan, foreign editor of The Australian

The blockade is a terrible idea, and the mob should get off the street. I am sympathetic to Mr Grollo…
Bill Shorten


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