said that "nobody cares a damn about Poland"
Well, he was basically right. With no TV news 24 hrs/day and the distance, and of course much longer travel time (still by ships) and no real attachment to Poland (unlike to the UK), what an average Australian could have known about Poland - absent on the maps of the world for over 100 years - nothing.
It was just an empty name, a spot on the map, with no real meaning to Australians.
Of course we can laugh now or criticize him to no end, because he was a political fool (what Hitler proved by invading France and trying to conquer Britain and Russia), but politicians are not clairvoyants and most of them fail in predicting the future anyways.
As a Polish citizen, I'd never expect from today's and Australians (or even from people who lived in the 30's and 40's) any kind of apology, after all Australia DID fight on the right side, but even if they remained neutral (like Sweden or Switzerland) or allied with Germany (like Romania or Hungary, even like Italy) it's not a problem for Poles, really and I doubt that people in Poland hold some WWII grudges against any nations other than the Germans and the Russians.
make comments like "Why didn't Britain immediately drop bombs on Germany (with Britain's then tiny airforce) and send in troops to rescue Poland from the German forces (probably by means of magic and miracles because there was no such army capable of doing this) and that Britain, including all those alive today who were born decades later) are guilty of invading Poland themselves due to their lack of action against Germany in September 1939, and finally, that it would have been better to do nothing because an unfulfilled promise made in good faith is worse than colluding with an enemy or ignoring the evil that that enemy perpetrates.
So was it Poles who first used those terms:
The Phoney War, also called the Twilight War by Winston Churchill, der Sitzkrieg in German ("the sitting war": a play on the word Blitzkrieg), the Bore War (a play on the Boer War) and la drôle de guerre ("the funny war")
Of course the communist propaganda used this fact many times and with pleasure to compromise the image of Poland's Western allies - they needed this after cutting Poland off with the Iron Curtain, but for anyone who knows anything about history the biggest "sins" of Britain, France and USA happened at Yalta. And that's the only thing about WWII Brits could be ashamed of. At least those who care about such distant events (i.e. a small percentage).