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Don't talk to me about naval tradition.  It is nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash. Winston Churchill

'Sacked a man with no judgment; elected one with no ticker'; Richo, 2016

The greatest thing that could happen to the state and nation is when we get rid of all the media ... then we could live in peace and tranquillity and no one would know anything. Joh Bjelke-Petersen

The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting. John Cleese

Politics - the debate that shapes a nation Bert Thornton, 2003

What has changed profoundly is the overwhelming sense of the government's grip on the economy. - Laura Tingle, April 2005

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. John Galbraith

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte

“I want to raise all wages above the average”, Gough Whitlam

Port is for gentlemen; brandy is for heroes.  Winston Churchill

I am the master of low expectations. George Bush

“Life was not meant to be easy”, Malcolm Fraser

Truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life. John Howard

The Almighty has His own purposes Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural

I’ve never believed in lower wages. Never. Never believed in lower wages, I’ve never believed in lower wages as an economic instrument. John Howard

If something is not worth doing, it`s not worth doing well, Austin Holmes

I have orders to be awakened at any time in the case of a national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting. Ronald Reagan

I have opinions of my own - strong opinions - but I don't always agree with them. George W Bush

Shallow ideas can be assimilated; ideas that require people to reorganise their picture of the world provoke hostility.  James Gleick, Chaos

Economics is like growing cabbages; there is no limit on entry and a lot of marginal producers, Austin Holmes

Economists in government exist mainly to stop the crap served up by politicians, Austin Holmes

Shane Warne's idea of a balanced diet is a cheeseburger in each hand?  Ian Healy

I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him. --Shakespeare.

Neurosurgeons do not scrape - they evacuate", John Hayman, July 2005

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today  Will Rogers

Any sufficiently developed technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Sir Arthur C. Clarke

If half the world weren't idiots, the other half wouldn't make a quid."

It`s a failing, my not liking cricket. It is, after all, sport`s answer to the novel Andrea Goldsmith, Author

Never shoot to wound. Hopalong Cassidy.

Never kick a dog when its down; but don't let the bastard get up and bite you. Amanda Vanstone, 2005

The trouble with Australian politics is that you only see the tip of the icecube  Gore Vidal

Courage is being scared to death ... and saddling up anyway  John Wayne

Ultra-loose monetary policy seeps into every crack in the economy, corrupting asset prices and encouraging bad lending. William White, OECD.

Always drink upstream from the herd  Anonymous

The higher up the tree you go, the more your arse shows  Anonymous

Liberals tend to see the glass as half full.  Conservatives just say: Bartender, freshen this up."  Peter Ruehl


No taxation without representation American revolutionary

We may be through with the past, but the past isn't necessarily through with us, Magnolia, 1999

The trend is your friend until the end, Jack Crookes, May 2006

To be rich is glorious. Deng Xiao Ping

Never complain; never explain; never resign.  Jack Lang

Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.  Richard Feynman

You never get is from ought - Hume

All great truths begin as blasphemies - George Bernard Shaw

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have - Thomas Jefferson

No fear, no envy, no meanness  Anon, Twentieth Century

‘The art of political polemics, like the art of significant political journalism, is first to over-simplify the issues, for true clarity’s sake, and then to exaggerate them, for the sake of effect’. The Economist, 1964.

`When deep pockets meet ill-considered enthusiasm, tragedy is the inevitable result`. Roger Franklin, 2009

No fear, no envy, no meanness, Anon.

Failure is to capitalism as is sin to religion, Alan Meltzer

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