Australian Politics

October 12th, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Last time I was in Canberra, was the day Kevin Rudd got rolled. Sadly it doesn’t look like either Gillard or Abbott will get rolled while I’m here, but the day before I got here the Speaker of the House resigned. The final straw was court documents revealing texts such as:

 “Brough is a cunt,” Mr Slipper said in a text on October 10 last year. Soon after, he said: ”Funny how we say that a person is a cunt when many guys like cunts.”

About five minutes later Mr Slipper began what the Opposition has called “‘vile anatomical references”. Referring to women’s private parts, he said: ”They look like mussell (sic) removed from its shell. Look at a bottle of mussel meat. Salty Cunts in brine.”

Personally I love mussels and scallops :-)

Anyway not the worse thing ever said, but in the context of this being to a young male staffer he kept hitting on, it was inevitable he went.

Slipper won a motion of no confidence against him by one vote, but as Labor were defending him the House, the independent MPs had gone to him and told him he must resign. He did. This meant that Labor looked like they were defending the indefensible.

Gillard used the debate to launch a ferocious attack on Tony Abbott as a sexist and misogynist. The attack has become a viral hit internationally, but let me tell you that actually in Australia I’m not sure it went down so well. The newspapers are full of stories casting scorn on it, It certainly appealed hugely to Labor’s own supporters but for many it was seen as playing the victim card.

Abbott did not help things by using the phrase “Government dying of shame” which was unwise considering what Alan Jones said about Gillard’s father. But it has also just come out that a comedian at a Labor/union fundraiser made very disgusting remarks about Abbott’s female chief of staff Peta Credlin. Gillard had left when it was made, but several Ministers remained. It rather undermines their attempts to make Abbott look sexist – rather it just shows how personally denigrating Australian politics is – in all parties.

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24 Responses to “Australian Politics”

  1. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    Comrade Gillard is living on borrowed time. Her days are numbered.

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  2. Redbaiter (7,845 comments) says:

    Bronwyn Bishop on Woodpecker Gillard’s pathetic Marxist whining-

    The day will come when you can no longer call the gender card or the victim card, and by pretending to be a victim the prime minister has demeaned every woman in this parliament…

    We didn’t come here to be told that we could not do the job and needed to be treated differently.

    We came here on this side of the parliament to say we were the best person for the job to represent the people, and the ideas we have are the best ideas to take us into government.

    We don’t wish to be treated as somehow less able or a victim of somebody’s spiteful words…

    Could you imagine (German chancellor) Angela Merkel making a speech like that, or Maggie Thatcher making a speech like that?

    Of course not. The fact of the matter is if you take leadership you must exercise leadership and if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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  3. David Garrett (6,658 comments) says:

    Can’t quite see the future Sir Lockwood Smith ever texting anything like that…

    they used to say “don’t drink and dial”…text and cell phones which record at the touch of a button (so they tell me) add a whole new level of danger to off the cuff unguarded “remarks”…

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  4. Andrei (2,528 comments) says:

    She looks like a angry old chook in the fowl house puchk puchk puchk.

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  5. Gerard Barry (27 comments) says:

    There is only one party who are leading the personal attacks on their political opposition and that is the Australian Labor Party. The leader of this pack is Julia Gillard and a bevy of female MPs who have become known as the “handbag hit squad”. Their shamelessness is only matched by their incompetence in governance.
    Labor is currently a feral party completely lacking a moral compass and a sense of purpose. The only weapon that they have left is personal and offensive attacks against their political opposition and anyone else who has the temerity to disagree with them.
    Please don’t say that it applies to both sides of politics. This politics of hate is one-sided and Labor is that side.

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  6. Redbaiter (7,845 comments) says:

    “Please don’t say that it applies to both sides of politics. This politics of hate is one-sided and Labor is that side.”

    Very true, but Farrar frequently seems to see himself as obliged to take the middle road.

    I don’t understand why.

    This whole hate campaign to paint Abbot as a misogynist is plainly a calculated strategy designed to impact on his appeal to women voters.

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  7. Jimmy Smits (246 comments) says:

    Andrei (1,493) Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    She looks like a angry old chook in the fowl house puchk puchk puchk.

    Again, Andrei shows us what it means to be a Christian and be a light on a hill to others. If you ever consider becoming a Christian and giving your heart to God, just follow Andrei’s example of Christian love and respect for fellow human beings who are all children of God made in His image – it will change your life!

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  8. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    DG, put me out of my misery and satisfy my curiosity regarding Lockwood. What about him? :-)

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  9. pidge (53 comments) says:

    I happened to overhear the video of Gillard speech. She’s such a precious thing, so easily offended. I’m sure Chopper’s HTFU quote applies.

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  10. tvb (4,229 comments) says:

    PMs do not play victim and use it to get sympathy or to be a pill. I will be sexist but men do not play victim. It is a woman thing.

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  11. David Garrett (6,658 comments) says:

    Manolo: I think you have misunderstood me …Lockwood Smith is a scholar and a gentleman…and will go down as being the best Speaker in living memory.

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  12. pennoir (1 comment) says:

    Whilst you may all think that she was a harpie in her speech, and it was with forked tongue. I do not even particualarly like her or her politics but was delighted to see a female senior politician stand up and take it to her male counterparts. She was not being a victim she was calling it the way it was and the way it continues to be.

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  13. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    I’m not a fan of Abbott but he did heavily promote paid parental leave. I’m not sure a sexist or misogynist would do that…

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  14. kowtow (7,859 comments) says:

    Gillard is playing the gender card ,the only appeal it has is to the looney fringe. Why would such rubbish go viral? Says more about the idiots who look at that shit than anything else.

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  15. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    but was delighted to see a female senior politician stand up and take it to her male counterparts.

    How about when males “take it to” females pennoir? How do you feel about that?

    The fact is letting women vote has proven to be a big mistake, let alone allowing them to run the country. Most are totally dis-interested in politics and those who are interested are raving harpies with an axe to grind. Any others give up in disgust and go make their own way in the world.

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  16. Redbaiter (7,845 comments) says:

    “was delighted to see a female senior politician stand up and take it to her male counterparts.”

    Marxist crap. Just out of uni are you?

    When will this obsession with gender run its course?

    What matters is if the speech was truthful and effective, not the sex of the person making it.

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  17. Lance (2,537 comments) says:

    Either KEA is deliberately playing the “prick card” or he is a serious example of all that is wrong with misogyny.

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  18. KevinH (1,142 comments) says:

    DPF said:
    “It rather undermines their attempts to make Abbott look sexist – rather it just shows how personally denigrating Australian politics is – in all parties.”
    I totally agree with that sentiment. Aussie politics are at times crude and unsophisticated, Slippers references to female genitalia demonstrate that and his resignation was the appropriate action to take. This however is not the same as Jones’s remarks concerning Gillards father which were tasteless and another example of how crude and nasty Aussie politics can get.Jones may have his admirers which is a sad reflection on the intellect of his audience.

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  19. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Either KEA is deliberately playing the “prick card” or he is a serious example of all that is wrong with misogyny.

    I am playing the “prick card”. What parts of misogyny do you consider are not wrong Lance?

    How do you feel about the institutionalised ( & cultural) misandry we have in NZ?

    By any reasonable measure, it is mens rights that are a greater issue in NZ. They are “over represented” in all the negative social statistics. Other groups, with far less negative statistics, are singled out by lefties as victims worthy of special consideration.

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  20. Lance (2,537 comments) says:

    @Kea
    I have this silly old idea that everyone should be treated the same no matter gender, race or religion.

    If you point out that men are unfairly treated then directly counter these issues. Proposing that women shouldn’t be allowed to vote as a counter to such issues is fucked in the head.

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  21. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    It may shock you to learn Lance, that most of the world does not share your views. This includes all of the worlds oldest developed cultures. Your ideas about equality have only recently emerged in our society, and globally are held by almost no one. The reality is many in our society tend towards the historical (& global) view of womens rights.

    You can not see past your own narrow Eurocentric Western bias. You say that ” have this silly old idea that everyone should be treated the same no matter gender, race or religion.” but accourding to what rules? Your own minority liberal Western ones?

    The largest cultural/racial group is Asia, followed by India and Africans. I see little evidence of your ideas in those societies.

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  22. Ed Snack (1,773 comments) says:

    David, you’re still buying into the Labor spin on this. The Liberals are NOT diving into personal hatred and invective, that is almost entirely a Labor tactic. Abbott’s reference in his speech was one he has used frequently in the house of this government well before the Jones storm in a teacup. Is he now forever barred from using the word “shame” with reference to this government ?

    Did you see the list of “complaints” in Gillards spray, “Abbott was once at a demonstration and someone came up behind him and displayed a poster saying ditch the witch, MISOGYNY !”. Can you get more hypocritically victim card playing than that ? There has been a long running and quite deliberate campaign by Labour against Abbott as a person. Nasty, personal and untrue, and somehow you buy into this “he’s as bad as they say…”.

    Face it, it is a despicable piece of political theatre by the most corrupt and criminally complicit prime ministers in Australian history. The Libs don’t need to be personal as such, they merely need to point to Gillard’s actual behaviour, right now in milking her father’s death for sympathy (and where’s the rage at Bob Ellis’s comments that are so similar to Jones’ remarks ?), and in the 90′s as a crooked lawyer helping her lover loot the AWU, falsely signing affidavits, not reporting fraud to the police when it was known, ripping off one of the firm’s actual clients, getting work on her house paid for, and no doubt there’s more to come.

    The Fairfax papers are more than happy to sweep this under the rug and run as Labor apologists, no reason why NZ bloggers of at least ostensibly a different political faction to buy into the spin so comprehensively.

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  23. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    > I see little evidence of your ideas in those societies.

    Apart from the “so what?” as to how anyone else does things, how about the following prime ministers for starters?

    Indira Gandhi
    Sirimavo Bandaranaike
    Elisabeth Domitien
    Benazir Bhutto
    Khaleda Zia
    Sylvie Kinigi
    Agathe Uwilingiyimana
    Sheikh Hasina Wajed
    Nyam-Osoriyn Tuyaa
    Chandrika Kumaratunga
    Mame Madior Boye
    Luísa Dias Diogo
    Cécile Manorohanta
    Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé

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  24. ChardonnayGuy (1,169 comments) says:

    Seriously, when are the Libs going to give Malcolm Turnbull another turn as leader? Does anyone think Abbott is anything other than the fortunate recipient of Kevin Rudd’s incompetence and a series of fortuitous prolonged state incumbency fatigue and cumulative incompetence on the part of the NSW and Qld ALP state governments? Abbott is a Howard era hack, nothing more. Turnbull wasn’t given an adequate opportunity to break with the past.

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