Austen Tayshus thinking

Not enough people have opinions about things. I know it’s just my opinion, but I get a bit tired of people who aren’t prepared to stick their neck out and say something challenging.

Austen Tayshus is a lot of things – brash, insightful, insulting, fierce, inspired… you could certainly never accuse him of being a fence-sitter. Tayshus has been knocking fences down for decades now, and on the eve of his show at the Byron Services Club The Echo asked him what he thought…

On Tony Abbott
Should leave politics. He’s had 100 days and I think that’s enough – he should give someone else a go. Even yobbos and idiots agree, we’ve all had enough of Tony Abbott. He’ll be gone.

On gay marriage
The point is that whatever your opinion the inevitability is what people should consider. They have approved it in Mexico. Everyone has a right to do what they want. In a democracy why not. As a gay man myself I am happy living with Luis my footballer and we’ve adopted African kids and we are playing at the beach now. I love my partner.

On the pope
This guy seems to be a little more adventurous than the previous popes but give it away, give it away now. Everyone knows that the whole Jesus thing is made up and the whole religion thing is designed to give the Jews a hard time. But leave us out. We killed Jesus for a good reason. If he comes back we’ll get him again.

On the Catholic cover-up of paedophile priests in the church
Absolutely disgusting but it has been going on in the Jewish community and goes on everywhere where there is sexual repression. People have to be able to express themselves sexually how they want.

On Gina Rinehart I share a hairdresser with her. It’s a true story. She took my hairdresser around the world and wouldn’t let her out of the hotel because it takes her so long to look like a person. You don’t get everything in life. She looks like a pumice stone. It’s a shame.

On refugees
Basically everybody is a refugee in Australia and the only real Australians are the Aboriginals. They are the ones who should have a say. I think that they should let tonnes of people in here, check them out quickly, don’t let them suffer; they should never have children in detention centres. I just had my cat in the vet in the orange jumpsuit being water-boarded – my cat is an islamist.

Comedian Austen Tayshus appears at the Byron Services Club on Monday 6 January with Mandy Nolan MC and Paul McMahon as support. Tix are $20/25 and are available at the club or can be booked on 6619 0529.

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