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Murdoch Bashes Aussies

Rupert Murdoch has been visiting his native Australia, but the homecoming wasn't exactly warm and fuzzy. The man they call “The Dirty Digger,” for his fondness for bare breasted women in his British tabloids, infuriated Australians when he renounced Oz to become a U.S. citizen in 1985. Now he is lecturing them on working harder. He said they should be careful not to become a nation of “bludgers” —Aussie speak for someone "who doesn't pull their weight, or pay their share," according to The Independent. "We must avoid institutionalizing idleness," the Fox boss said in a critique of Australia's growing welfare system. "The bludger should not be our national icon." He'd prefer to stick with the kangaroo.