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Reporter: Deborah Cornwall

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: American author and right wing satirist P.J. O'Rourke continued his
juggernaut tour of Australia today, delivering a keynote address in Sydney this evening to the
Centre for Independent Studies.

Addressing a crowd of fellow free marketeers, P.J. O'Rourke warned current attempts to try and prop
up the collapsed global economy with government money may ultimately be a cure more damaging than
the disease. Deborah Cornwall reports.

DEBORAH CORNWALL, REPORTER: American satirist P.J. O'Rourke is not for the faint-hearted.

P.J. O'ROURKE, POLITICAL SATIRIST: If Obama's anything to go by in the new style of crisis
leadership, I'm not reassured. First he appoints a Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who thinks
foreign affairs means that her husband is overseas.

DEBORAH CORNWALL: The adored ratbag of the right, P.J. O'Rourke's bawdy cartoon take on American
politics has produced more than a dozen bestsellers from 'Give War a Chance' to 'Republican Party
Reptile'.

P.J. O'ROURKE: So far, the best that Barack Obama has been able to do by way of an Iraq policy is
to make what I think of as the high school sex promise, which is: I'll pull out in time, honest,
honey.

DEBORAH CORNWALL: In Sydney tonight, delivering his keynote address for the Centre of Independent
Studies, his message on the stalled global economy was much the same as Opposition leader Malcolm
Turnbull - but funnier.

P.J. O'ROURKE: America has elected this charming leftist as President and this frightens me. You at
least had the sense to elect one that wasn't so charmer. So, it shows you're much smarter. See, it
scares me, not because I hate leftists. I don't. I have these charming leftist friends, and they're
lovely people, as long as they keep their nose out of things they don't understand such as working
for a living.

DEBORAH CORNWALL: He says the push by Western governments to pay the way out of the current
disaster is just a desperate quest to be loved. If they really wanted to save the world he says,
they'd do nothing.

P.J. O'ROURKE: Think about the last time you were broke, right? Now how well did it go with
spending your way out of it, you know? Did that work? No, no. The cure, the cure - the cure is
worse than the disease.

DEBORAH CORNWALL: After a year-long battle with cancer, P.J. O'Rourke says he's now fully recovered
and relishing the prospect of lampooning a whole new generation of world leaders.

P.J. O'ROURKE: The worst thing in politics is bi-partisan consensus. Bi-partisan consensus. That's
like when my doctor and my lawyer agree with my wife that I need help.

DEBORAH CORNWALL: The author will address the National Press Club in Canberra tomorrow. Deborah
Cornwall for Lateline.