(Telegraph) Australia's inaugural professor of poetry, Barry Spurr, has resigned from Sydney University over a series of racist and sexist language emails in which he called women "whores", Tony Abbott an "Abo-lover" and referred to Aboriginal people as "human rubbish tips".
The embarrassing emails were published in October by New Matilda, an Australian website, and prompted the suspension of Professor Spurr, an Oxford-educated academic and expert on T S Eliot. He claimed the emails were "linguistic play" and were part of a contest with a colleague in which they tried to outdo each other by making incendiary statements.
The emails spanned two years and referred to Nelson Mandela as a "darky", described the university's chancellor Belinda Hutchinson as "an appalling minx", and claimed that the "modern Brit" was "the scum of the earth". He also joked about "Mussies" and "Chinky poos". The emails were sent from his university email address.
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