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Jul 15, 2014

50 things The Australian hates

We celebrate The Australian's 50th birthday with a list of 50 things that have come in for a lashing of its poisoned pen.

To mark The Australian‘s 50th birthday, we’ve compiled a list of 50 things the Oz loves to hate. Have we missed something or someone who’s been the target of an Oz hate campaign? Add them in the comments.

  1. Julie Posetti
  2. Lee Rhiannon
  3. Clive Palmer
  4. Ugly teachers
  5. Paul Barry
  6. The ABC: “In federal politics, Sky News makes a more substantial contribution to public life than the ABC, an institution colonised by perpetually adolescent Triple J graduates who count doltish shows such as The Hamster Decides, Gruen Nation and The Roast as a serious civic debate.”
  7. Wendy Bacon
  8. Clover Moore
  9. Climate change
  10. Jihadis 
  11. Gen Y, or anyone younger than baby boomers
  12. “Feral” Greens: “It becomes clear that behind every stated purpose — and an increasing number of anodyne motherhood statements — set out in Greens policies through the years is a secret agenda that, at its core, is anti-free trade, anti-capitalism, anti-wealth, anti-consumption and anti-growth … For too long, Greens extremism has been hidden from the Australian public under a cuddly shroud of green goodwill.”
  13. “Latte” Greens
  14. Twitter
  15. Monarchists
  16. Labour regulation
  17. Greg Hywood
  18. Fairfax — the SMAge
  19. Bill Shorten
  20. Daily Mail Australia
  21. People on welfare
  22. Industry assistance: “The Abbott government is heading towards the termination of the practice of throwing good money after bad and is set to burst the failing pretensions of the car lobby.”
  23. Margaret Simons
  24. Any suggestion of axing negative gearing
  25. Unions 
  26. The Australian Financial Review
  27. Robert Manne: “… the startling feature is Manne’s fixation on repressing stories and debates he doesn’t like. He is a moralistic political censor.”
  28. Media Watch
  29. Plain packaging for cigarettes
  30. Julia Gillard
  31. Joe Aston
  32. Jenna Price
  33. Nick Leys
  34. Guy Rundle: “Rundle — who it is claimed prefers the French pronunciation of his Christian name (yup, to rhyme with brie) — wrote two scathing pieces about the Guardian‘s handling of Assange for The Monthly, which Davies slammed as inaccurate, forcing an apology and retraction. Davies confronted Rundle at the book launch and by way of riposte threw the remainder of his wine in Rundle’s face. The Evening Standard‘s Londoner’s Diary recounted that Rundle mewled and stomped off muttering: ‘I’ve got to change my contact lenses now’ while Davies ‘hopped around like a champ’.”
  35. Finkelstein Review
  36. Simon Sheikh
  37. Ken Cowley
  38. Bruce Wilson
  39. Jake Lynch
  40. The carbon tax
  41. IR academics who disagree with them
  42. Science 
  43. People who don’t smoke
  44. BDS
  45. Michael Stutchbury
  46. Kim Williams
  47. Old Crikey articles
  48. Mumbrella 
  49. People who don’t follow up its stories (a la Palmer). People who do follow up its stories (a la Daily Mail).
  50. Crikey: “Crikey‘s position in the media world is left of centre, anti-establishment because it has nowhere else to go. If it were not a gadfly, a pricker of pomp and pretension, it would be nothing. It breaks virtually no news; it relies on controversial comment for its existence and carefully crafts this formula to keep the subscriptions rolling in.”

*Additional reporting by Crikey intern Paul Millar

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45 thoughts on “50 things The Australian hates

  1. Raaraa

    Delete 6. Jihadis and replace it with Muslims.

  2. illywhacker

    No Larissa Behrendt?

  3. Flat tyre

    50 seems to be the short list?

  4. croceau

    National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS). Their relentless trashing of the Scheme daily for several weeks without any rebuttal printed (and I know it was supplied) was instrumental in causing its demise in the Federal Budget

  5. Mel Campbell

    Still LOLing at that Grundle anecdote, though.

  6. Electric Lardyland

    51. Australia.

  7. Nevil Kingston-Brown

    What’s the “ugly teachers” line a reference to?

  8. Myriam Robin

    This piece doesn’t include the AFR’s Neil Chenoweth and it should. Bad Crikey.

  9. klewso

    Remember how they got huffy at “the hate media”?

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