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Sexism Down Under

We now take a short break from moaning about the sorry state of US politics to see that things are just as interesting in the rest of the world.

Here’s an interesting video of the Prime Minister of Australia opening a can of whoop-ass on the opposition leader on the floor of their parliament.

What happened is that the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, led the charge to sack the Speaker of the House after a court released misogynistic text messages that the Speaker had sent. Abbott called the texts ‘vile’. Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister of Australia then lays into Abbott for his hypocrisy in calling someone else a misogynist, bringing out a range of choice quotes made when Abbott was a Minister (sort-of like a cabinet member here) under John Howard’s Liberal Government (which confusingly for Americans, was a center-right government).

[Hat tip to reader Steve Thomson]



  1. PATRIOTSGT wrote:

    Aesome – What I liked most was she stood accross from him and looked him square in the eye. What I also like liked was Abbott either chose or was made to sit and listen. Wow, if only we could do that here in our government. Sit person to person and tell it like it is, with no hiding behind a microphone.

    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink
  2. Don wrote:

    You’ve said it, PSgt, although I think that her ability to speak without gross exaggeration and sticking to her points without (much) hyperbole makes this different than what we would see in this country – at least at this time.

    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

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