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Tony Abbott's Budgies Just Smuggled Their Way Into The Dictionary

This is not a drill.

23/08/2016 11:20 AM AEST | Updated August 23, 2016 12:51

CANBERRA -- It's a little too soon for Mathias Cormann's latest effort of "wibbly, wobbly jelly", but a whole host of political Australianisms have just made the latest edition of the Australian National Dictionary.

"Howard's battlers", the Nationals' election "wombat trail" and the old Australian Democrats slogan of "Keeping the Bastards Honest" are some of the 6,000 additions to the first update to the unique lexical map in 28 years.

The influence of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is apparent with the listing of "budgie smugglers", "captain's pick" and his use of "shirt-fronting" to describe his threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Alex Ellinghausen, Fairfax
Labor MP Andrew Leigh supports spicy language

Labor frontbencher Dr Andrew Leigh told The Huffington Post Australia that it is "the spicy language that make political communications successful".

"And cuts through the dry clichés and technocratic language that too often characterises the way we talk about politics."

Mathias Cormann could be seen as trying for a late entry with his Monday night sugar hit on the Opposition Leader when he asked "Will Bill Shorten step up to the plate on budget repair in this parliament?"

"Or will he be like jelly on that plate, the wibble wobble, wibble wobble jelly on a plate, first opposing, then supporting, then not knowing what to do?" he put to the Sydney Institute.

While the Finance Minister's jelly talk may have cut through today, Leigh – unsurprisingly - does not support the comparison.

"Absolutely not! Bill Shorten – the action man who we saw do the City to Surf a couple of weeks ago? He is somebody who put a 100 new policies on the table last time around. And loves coming up with new ideas," he told HuffPost Australia.

"Small target politics have been consigned to the last century under Bill Shorten's leadership."

Another phrase added to the Australia National Dictionary is to "do a Bradbury" – a well-worn reference to Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury, who won Olympic Gold in 2002 when all his competitors fell over.

Add to that; "BBQ stopper", "could not run a chook raffle", "carry on like a pork chop" and "not happy Jan".

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