Australia PM calls out opposition leader for sexist remarks

Julia Gillard, Australia’s prime minister, has verbally attacked the country’s opposition leader, labelling him as a hypocrite and a misogynist during a tirade in parliament that has garnered international media attention.

During a heated day in parliament on Tuesday, Gillard unleashed on Tony Abbott’s character after he called for the dismissal of Peter Slipper, the speaker of parliament, for lurid text messages he sent to a former member of staff…

In a fiery response, Gillard accused Abbott of possessing double standards when it came to sexism.

“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not,” she said.

“And the government will not be lectured on sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever.

“If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror, that’s what he needs.”

She then recounted previous…quotes by Abbott, which she said had repeatedly offended her personally.

I wish Democrats understood they might actually increase the tiny edge of respect they have over Republicans by calling them out for their bigotry and backwardness.

3 thoughts on “Australia PM calls out opposition leader for sexist remarks

  1. MaryT says:

    Saw that. My friends and I have been wishing we could import her and saying that – after listening to her – how rare such plain speaking has become in our social and political discourse.

  2. Mark says:

    Unfortunately Gillard’s incompetence and political impotence (I can say that, right?) is overshadowed by sexism and misogyny displayed by opponents. Its typical of Australian politics, which is all about personality and parochialism and nothing to do with being able to run a country and be accountable to voters.

    I vote Green because they are the only party that campaigns on issues and stands tall on freedom of speech.

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