In yesterday's Australian, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer called Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd shallow, cynical, immodest, mealy-mouthed, duplicitous, a boy in a bubble, a foreign policy imposter and unfit to lead the nation. But tell us Alexander, what do you really think?

Crikey was inspired by this litany of insults to create a new, albeit incomplete, list of great Australian political insults through history.