Agence France-PresseJune 14, 2013 22:24
Mud-slinging is nothing new in politics, but a no-holds-barred election campaign in Australia has sunk standards to depths seldom seen before.
After a week of headlines filled with sexual innuendo and squalid attacks, The Australian Financial Review harrumphed: "We deserve better than this."
Voters are used to colourful language Down Under, where a high tolerance for intolerance abounds. After all, former Labor Party leader Mark Latham publicly called then prime minister John Howard an "arselicker" of the US president.