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The Sydney Tunnel

‘I was proudly involved in this very fine project, right up to my little, fat neck.’

Michael Egan, former NSW Treasurer at the state parliamentary inquiry into the deal between the Bob Carr government and CrossCity Motorways. As reported on ABC’s 4Corners.

Sexism is ok

‘There’s no doubt this widely run campaign is sexist, but that’s the nature of much popular advertising and, essentially, we simply can’t afford to be too politically correct.’
Martin Hughes, editor of the Big Issue, following letters objecting to Lynx ads placed in the magazine.


Rob Corddry: "Jon, tonight the vice president is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Wittington. According to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush.

"And while the quail turned out to be a 78-year-old man, even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington’s face."

Jon Stewart: "But why, Rob? If he had known Mr. Whittington was not a bird, why would he still have shot him?"

Rob Corddry: "Jon, in a post-9-11 world, the American people expect their leaders to be decisive. To not have shot his friend in the face would have sent a message to the quail that America is weak."

From "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central). Read more here.

Words of Wisdom

‘It’s always the falsest formulation that you’re proudest of.’

Saul Bellow, ‘The Bellarosa Connection.’ [Collected Stories, Penguin Books 2001]

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