Australian Examples of Reverse Speech

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Malcolm Turnbull’s First News Conference September 2015

Australia votes in a new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull in September 2015. Here he is in his first press conference since winning the party room vote.

Turnbull: “..we can handle those challenges, seize those opportunities. And does so in a manner that the Australian people understand [so that we are] seeking to persuade rather than seeking to lecture.” Are you with us?

Turnbull: “..course policies change, they change all the time. [Ah, but they will be], when people will have, should have the confidence…” Evil had the bar.

Turnbull: “The party owes the government owes to Tony Abbott and of course to his family Margie, and their duaghters. [Ah, the, the] burden of leadership is a very heavy one.” Heed he dark.

Bishop: “..and [I have also] for the last 2 years had the honor of being Australia’s foreign minister.” I saw the heart.

Turnbull: “Tony’s discharged, that leader of the party and of course as [Prime Minister] I have many years now.” I sent him out.

Turnbull: “I’m very humbled by the great honor and responsibility that has been [ah, given] to me today.” The big heart.

Turnbull: “The ah, the challenge for [any leaders], so I now I can’t see it…” The deal in it.

Turnbull: “Yep, yep, we’ll just [take a couple of question]s ???? Mr. Curry.” The shock will fuck the guest.

Turnbull: “..my assumption is that the Parliament [will serve its full] term.” Wolf’s reversal.

Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader September 2015 News Conference

Bishop: “..and [I have also] for the last 2 years had the honor of being Australia’s foreign minister.” I saw the heart.

Bishop: “I am firmly of the view that the values and beliefs of the Liberal Party are as relevant today as they were when this great party was [formed seven years ago].” I could see the best morph.

Bishop: “I came into the liberal party and came into parliament because I be[lieved in the] values of the Liberal Party.” In the deal.


Australian Election debate between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott – July 2010

Gillard: "In 27 days time Australia will make a choice. I believe it’s a choice between Australia moving forward or going back, and I know you’ve heard me say those words before. So tonight I’m just going to take a [few minutes of your] time to explain what I mean by those words." Nasty, this enemy – Presumably a reference to her opponent, Tony Abbott.

Gillard: "I think Australia is a great country, the best country on Earth, [but it can be] a better country and that’s what I mean by moving forward." Here, make it up – incongruent, she does not believe in what she is saying.

Gillard: "…a plan to bring the budget back to surplus in 2013, three years earlier than scheduled [and before any] other major advanced economy in the world." In it often – unknown.

Gillard: "..why I will keep investing in the quality of the teacher standing in front of that classroom, why I will keep rolling out our trades training centers because they’re so important, [just so im]portant." You are certain – congruent, she believes passionately in what she is saying.

Abbott: "…and a strong economy is the foundation, [the necessary] foundation for a fair go." Your race ascended – unknown.

Abbott: "They’re borrowing 100 million dollars every single day and they’re threatening our economic future with their great big [new tax on mining]." And I’m not scatting – "scat" to run away hastily – in other words he’s not going anywhere. Listen to the very next thing he said following that reversal and notice the correlation.

Gillard: "We make sure there are no [new dirty pow]er stations built." I better dream

Gillard: "Business has been complaining for 30 years [that they have different ob]ligations in different states." Want to feed the habit – unknown.

Gillard: "There were some public servants that actually had tears in their eyes cos they’d spent [all of their working] life waiting for someone to deliver that reform." We go with the law – congruent – belief in the parliamentary process?

Gillard: "If we are going to have deep and lasting change [then I do want A]ustralians to come with me and that’s what you’ve seen when I announced our climate change policy." I know we’ve done it – congruent,. confident.

Abbott: "This government has put Australia in a somewhat weaker position to respond to [any subsequent] economic problems." Knows fuss in it – congruent.

Abbott: "Well look I don’t say that the system is perfect but I think [that it’s the best] we are likely to get." Save that spirit – congruent.

Gillard (in response to a question concerning the ousting of former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd): "Well Chris, I’m not going to canvas conversations I had with Kevin Rudd but I am very happy [to say this]." See the acid – stinging negative emotions.

Abbott: "It’s about whether the public can trust the Labor Party when not even Kevin Rudd could. [So there is a better way], a fair dinkum paid parental leave scheme." How will Labor see with us – congruent, how can Labor see their path.

Abbott: "So let’s have a change of government before [any more damage] can be done." She made home in it – presumably a reference to Julia Gillard.

Australia’s new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard in her acceptance speech in June 2010.

"Its with the greatest humility, resolve and enthusiasm that I sought the endorsement of my colleagues to be the Labor leader and to be the [Prime Minister of this] country. I have accepted that endorsement." See the hurts, send him out – This would appear to be a reference to former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who was in public tears after he was ousted as leader.

"These beliefs that have been my compass during the three and [half years] of the most loyal service I could offer." See far – looking to the future.

"I asked my colleagues to make a leadership change. A change becau[se I believed] that a good government was losing its way." Feel the darts – the darts of betrayal I suggest.

"My values and my beliefs have driven me [to step forward] to take this position as Prime Minister." The wolf exit – possibly a reference to the departure of former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

"And in the coming months [I will ask the Governor] General to call a general election." Buggered soul a lot – has her betrayal of Kevin Rudd damaged her soul?

"Between now and this election I seek their [consideration] and their support." The show will listen – it is a show and she may believe that people will listen to her.

"I give credit to the Labor giants, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating as the architects of today’s modern [prosperity]. I give credit to John Howard and Peter Costello for continuing these reforms." Hear the rapes – an incongruent reversal – politics is a dirty game and she acknowledges this with a metaphor.

"The most recent loss of life of brave Australian soldiers [in Afghan]istan and the injuries that have befallen our troops remind us all of the depth of the sacrifice that our serving men and women can be called on to make." And they panic – appears to be an incongruent reversal possibly showing lack or respect for the sacrifice the troops have to make.

"Finally I want to pay a tribute to Kevin Rudd. Ultimately Kevin Rudd and I disagreed about the direction of the government. I believed [we needed] to do better, but Kevin Rudd is a man of remarkable achievement." We damn you – incongruent reversal – he was ousted from power.

"Of course there will need to be some consequential changes in our cabinet and ministerial arrangements and I will announ[ce them at] an appropriate time." That mess – there is still internal problems.

"An Australia that can achieve even greater things in the future. We should not [be afraid of the future]. A strong Australia respected as a global force." Hushed grief with our faith – another incongruent reversal.

"Can I say to the Australian people, there will be some days I delight you, there may be some days I disappoint you. On every day I will be working my absolute hardest for you." We go evil rot – incongruent reversal – there are still troubles in the Australian Labor party.

Former Prime Minister, John Howard

Here are a few selected reversals found on Prime Minister John Howard over the years. For the most part, he is congruent. In other words, he believes in his policies and himself although there may be a tendency for him to be sly and withhold facts.

John Howard in Parliament: Remember the scum and we laugh

John Howard in Parliament: This little fuck, give it up

John Howard: Innocent, need our money (talking about Australian social security – his concern is genuine.)

John Howard: No standard (being questioned in parliament about intelligence reports on the Bali bombings – reversal implies poor protocols.)

John Howard: We send him out to say our lesson (Sending the Minister out to spread the party line.)

John Howard: They will fuck the tourists (On terrorists attacks in Bali. He believes there are more coming.)

John Howard: Forgive me, don’t see this (At Bali bombing memorial – he feels responsibility.)

John Howard: The worst you’ve seen (Justifying our involvement in Iraq, he is congruent about his concerns over Iraq.)

John Howard: But I am either sly or off (talking about terror suspects – he is not telling us the whole story.)

John Howard: The ship fight, yield the guns (He will be strong on illegal fishing.)

John Howard: Mug these folks (Talking about Mark Latham, leader of the opposition.)

John Howard: And we’d argue (talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger – future conflicts?)

Azaria Chamberlain

The case of Azaria Chamberlain has captured the attention of the Australian public for 24 years now. Ever since the young baby was taken by a dingo at Ayres Rock on 17th August 1980, controversy has raged as to what really happened. The child’s mother, Lindy Chamberlain, served 3 years in a Northern Territory jail for the murder of her child until evidence was discovered that exonerated her. Now, there is a new twist in the case with a man coming forward claiming that he saw the dead child in a dingo’s mouth, shot the dingo and the child’s body was disposed of. The man was interviewed on Channel 9’s "A Current Affair" in July 2004. Click here to download that interview


Frank appears to be telling a true story, Lindy Chamberlain has anger inside her still and Michael Chamberlain appears to believe Frank’s tale. Congratulations to A Current Affair who thoroughly investigated the story.

Transcript – First Interview

Reporter: "We’ve spent the past fortnight investigating Frank’s claim, trying to fit the pieces of this fascinating jig saw together." We make it certain we aren’t off (The reporters have thoroughly checked their facts.)

Lindy: "That makes me extremely angry indeed cos its needless, it is totally needless and its wrong." So damn you (She is upset.)

Frank: "The baby was dead." So we dealt with that (Gives extra information to tale.)

Frank; "Asked later what happened to the baby and the chappie said to me, you don’t want to know." I’m a nobody (A simple Aussie bloke.)

Other man: "All this business of it being in somebody’s back yard, I think that’s too blooming silly for words cos there’s a million acres of land up there." Desert. Sir, would you listen a bit (Reinforcing his point.)

Frank: "I’ve told my story and that’s all I can do." Burden, but I lost that (He has lost a burden he has carried by telling his story.)

Lindy: "Its in the past now, there’s no point holding grudges." Thats a lanced heart (She still carries the pain.)

Second Interview

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Frank: "My favourite Grandson, I told him about it and he said, well to be quite honest Grandad, he said, you’ve gone down in my estimation." Heard this in it (His Grandson’s word’s hit home.)

Michael: "When you shot the dingo, you discovered that it had my daughter." They did it (He believes Frank’s tale.)

Woman: "And I looked into his eyes and he had a terrible sadness there in his eyes and it really upset me too." The sores, seen a reason (She has empathy for Michael.)

Michael: "I want to tell you to your face that I bare no grudge towards you." Selfish delight (He has no grudge, he is personally delighted.)

Frank: "Michael, that’s exactly what I want to do and I want to say that I’m terribly sorry." Know I know it (He unconsciously reinforces his story.)

Transcript prepared for the SBS show "Speaking in Tongues" – 30/11/05

Here are a few selected reversals found on Prime Minister John Howard in the two interviews I was supplied with. Click on reversal to listen to it.

Howard First Interview

Howard: "It has thus far been a quite uncontroversial amendment." Dark fear

Howard: "Its an amendment that effectively substitutes the definite article describing a terrorist with the indefinite article." They name innocent

Howard: "I indicated to them that the government would, depending on continuing operational advice, decide today whether to go ahead with his amendment" Inept with hurdle and bugger it

Howard: "The amendment will not alter the independent action of law enforcement authorities" See the wrath

Howard: "I am satisfied on what I have been told — the national security committee ministers are satisfied that is the case…." See that desert

Howard: "As to how the opposition responds, I do not seek in any way to speak for the opposition." They have cement hole (referring to the opposition)

Howard Second Interview

Howard: "It is therefore appropriate that I say something about them to an audience which overwhelmingly is of an industry that is made up of small to medium entrepreneurs" Got to be careful

Howard: "I know there are some large companies that are members of HIA" Who feel the black foul

Howard: "that is a recipe of the economic progress of today stalling tomorrow" It was so lousy


Saffron: "So who was this girl, who was she, in grade 6, who was she" Your show is this (Note forward comments on show immediately afterwards)

Priest: "I presume you’ve got to allow people what they chose to do" That ugly measure / I give a new source

Saffron: "He’s like some whacko Christian  or whatever." Your hell

Saffron: "I asked him what my cut was, anyway over this breakfast." Soul fucked. I’m on fire

Guest One: "so it would be correct to say I must have done something unwise in the past otherwise I would not have got this illness" Your soul with that’s happened

Guest One: "I think its very empowering, the past really doesn’t matter, even a moment ago is gone" Her lamb inside you suffered

Many more general examples of Reverse Speech can be heard here.