Callaghan also became the creative source of sharp, catchy phrases for the premier to use against his political opponents. It’s a long list but includes some very effective ones:
“death-adder unions – they strike first”;
“when you go to the unemployment office tell ‘em Gough sent you”;
“help Tom Burns fight air pollution – give him a gag”.
Callaghan even helped in stirring the coalition partners, suggesting that Bjelke-Petersen question if the less rightwing Liberals were “big ‘L’ Liberals or small ‘s’ Socialists”.