All about bogans

Hands up if you re a bogan.

Apparently there is a bit of bogan in all of us as ‘outrage’ breaks all over Australia over the word bogan.

I’ll bet real bogans don’t even care.

Clive Palmer has dismissed the leaking of an internal email from one of his MPs, which described voters as “bogans”, as the actions of a disaffected former candidate exacting revenge against the Palmer United Party.

The mining magnate also said he had an affection for bogans and had “spent most of [his] life as a bogan”.

The email, allegedly sent by a Queensland MP in Mr Palmer’s party, Alex Douglas, reportedly describes voters as “bogans” living “empty lives” fueled by a “diet of grease”. 

The email was allegedly leaked to the Courier Mail newspaper by former Tasmanian PUP candidate Marti Zucco, who quit the party this week, and whom Mr Palmer accused of displaying “sour grapes”.

Dr Douglas’ email also reportedly says that the world of “bogans” was a “world we see daily and quietly hope will disappear”.

”The interesting observation about Boganland is not just how common it is now but how the sufferers just copy one another so quickly with each trend … It is no longer satisfactory that they will just buy [and wear] ugg boots, watch Big Brother, choke on a diet of grease, dye their bright purple (sic), tatoo (sic) and rejoice in their ignorance,” Dr Douglas allegedly said in an email.

On Thursday morning Mr Palmer told Fairfax Media that he had not seen Dr Douglas’ emails but said his colleague’s remarks “don’t sound like the Gettysburg address”.

Mr Palmer said there was nothing wrong with bogans and people should know that Dr Douglas was himself a bogan.

“He’s a bogan for voting for Campbell Newman,” Mr Palmer said.

Dr Douglas defected from the Queensland Premier’s Liberal National Party to Mr Palmer’s party late last year and is now Queensland leader of the party.

When contacted by the Courier Mail, Dr Douglas initially described Mr Zucco as a disgrace, but did not deny writing the emails.

”They were basically between myself and Marti to say that I was very unhappy about certain things that were going on,” he said.

Dr Douglas told Fairfax Media on Thursday that  he would never deride “bogans” – because he is one himself.

“There’s a little bit in all of us,” Dr Douglas said.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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