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Australian PM Julia Gillard Rips Opposition Leader for Sexism and Misogyny in Fiery Floor Speech: VIDEO


Here's your first political must-watch moment of the day.

Quite a scene in the Australian parliament today after opposition leader Tony Abbott made a motion to remove House Speaker Peter Slipper for allegedly sending text messages that contained crude comments about women.

Slipper later resigned on his own, but not before Prime Minister Julla Gillard's Labor Government voted to block Abbott's motion and Gillard rose to verbally rip Abbott's head off.

AbbottBusinessweek reports:

“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man,” Gillard told parliament, pointing at Abbott. “The leader of the opposition says that people who hold sexist views and who are misogynist are not appropriate for high office. Well I hope the leader of the opposition has got a piece of paper and he is writing out his resignation.”

Abbott, whose Liberal-National coalition is leading in polls before elections due next year, has faced claims from Labor ministers that he has a problem dealing with powerful women. He began a media blitz defending his credibility last week with the help of his wife Margie.

Gillard has been confronted by protesters bearing placards reading “Ditch the Witch” since becoming prime minister in June 2010, and has previously attacked sexism in Australian politics. Today, she accused Abbott of “repulsive double standards when it comes to misogyny” and said she’d been offended by “cat-calling” to her in the House of Representatives.


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  1. Don't F with Julia Gillard! :-)

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Oct 9, 2012 7:19:10 AM

  2. PM Gillard is a disgrace, attacking Abbott without reason says a lot about her and nothing about Abbott.Slipper is a man without honor and unfit to hold the speakers role, he is only there because Gillard's grubby desire for power. Screaming accusations without evidence is below the role of PM and the Australian people will certainly judge her harshly and her mates ie the independents, how stupid do the Greens now look. No matter how many times Gillard and her morally debased ministers repeat a lie it doesn't make it true.
    Gillard not only did damage today to herself but to the role of PM, the ALP and ultimately the Australian Parliament and yes she and the ALP government should have die of shame. As Hinch said shame, shame, shame.

    Posted by: TrueBlue | Oct 9, 2012 7:36:44 AM

  3. F*ck yeah!!! Now, get ready to ignore to Jason and Rick!

    Posted by: Pommie | Oct 9, 2012 7:43:44 AM

  4. Wow! Could we ever use someone like her in US politics! Literate, forceful, and WITH FACTS.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 9, 2012 7:44:57 AM

  5. Australia is such a disappointment, sad to say. On the Left, you have Gillard who is an atheist and voted against gay marriage. On the Right, you have Abbott who is an extremist Catholic on the model of a Vatican representative. Whatever happened to that country?

    Australia has definitely gone backwards in many ways. My friends who live there say it's become increasingly racist and homophobic. Not a nice place to live. Time to scratch it off the tourist list.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 9, 2012 7:54:22 AM

  6. I can tell it that she was a law student, just have to do a check now!

    Posted by: Scott | Oct 9, 2012 7:55:20 AM

  7. Oh yes, she was.

    Posted by: Scott | Oct 9, 2012 7:56:27 AM

  8. Obama should take debate prep from this lady.

    Posted by: Cycledoc | Oct 9, 2012 7:57:26 AM

  9. I don't know why we're so excited about a woman who said "Gay marriage was against her upbringing"... Last I heard, Australians weren't that thrilled with her either.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Oct 9, 2012 8:19:28 AM

  10. Since she doesn't support Marriage Equality, I think they should, "Ditch the Witch"

    Should anyone care if she thinks she's mistreated, when she's so willing to mistreat others?

    Not really.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Oct 9, 2012 8:21:53 AM

  11. Can't go along with cheering her on. This is the same woman who helped block gay marriage. She's grandstanding on an issue where she knew her party's guy was wrong.

    Posted by: Continuum | Oct 9, 2012 8:34:40 AM

  12. Too bad she doesn't understand that the anti-gay bigotry she embraces in her political stance against marriage equality is rooted in the same misogyny she's railing against now.

    Posted by: candide001 | Oct 9, 2012 8:45:25 AM

  13. Both as bad as eachother.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Oct 9, 2012 8:47:24 AM

  14. What is all the fuss about that deserves such a waste of time in Parlement?

    Posted by: simon | Oct 9, 2012 8:54:09 AM

  15. Rather obvious ploy for attention by a desperate politician tanking in the polls. When all else fails, loudly accuse your opponents of sexism, racism, every 'ism' and 'phobia' you can think of, and see what sticks.

    As for 'Powerful Woman', they need to take the heat just like powerful men, and not always pull out the bogus sexism charge when things go badly.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 9, 2012 9:07:06 AM

  16. It's too bad she's a homophobic bigot, because otherwise I'd be so much more impressed right now.


    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 9, 2012 9:29:44 AM

  17. Prime Minister Julla Gillard is absolutely right. Everyone should be held to the words that they say. I do believe that people can and do have a "change of heart" as they are educated and have more experiences affect their lives, but they need to then condemn the prior ideas and comments as irrational and uneducated. A man/woman is only as good as his/her word.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 9, 2012 10:25:56 AM

  18. Julia Gillard has been an embarrasment to Australia since the minute she was voted (not by the people) into office. It has been one farce after another. The same for Rudd who represented this country before her. Nothing that has been put into policy has succeeded under either of them. Abbott cannot be judged as such as he has not been in that position as of yet. It is a disgrace that these two parties spend so much time throwing insults back & forth & not get on with running the country. As for the comments regarding Australia going backwards,homophobic & rascist... this exsists in all cultures/countries...that is a fact. The big issues in my opinion (which i am entilted) is that immigration is out of control & we have followed the american blueprint for far too long. I remember when we did have our own identity but it is unclear on just who we are now. But Australia is a beautiful country with wonderful people & the gay population is generally concerntrated to certain cities/suburbs & that is fairly standard for any country/city. Sadly there will always be one against the other including the so called minorities which homosexual persons are classed as. Personally i have the attitude that we are all human beings & should be treated all as equal. This has never been & will never be. There will always be those that hold the power over others to decide how one should live over another. In closing JG must go & soon. I am sick to death of hearing her name.

    Posted by: John | Oct 9, 2012 10:30:17 AM

  19. Just love to see all the cognitive dissonance created among some of you when a homophobic straight woman goes on a feminist rampage--forcing you, once again, to work harder and harder to maintain the myth that feminists and straight women in general are friends to gay men.

    You see, feminism and homophobia (that is, homophobia directed at men, not women) go hand-in-hand. Indeed, feminism has only been accepted in the West because a homophobic male culture has made men socially and emotionally dependent on women and provided women thereby with the ability to manipulate them.

    Indeed, this very outburst on the part of Gilliard--totally inappropriate for a Prime Minister--depends for its effectiveness entirely on men feeling some kind of emotional attachment to women and some sense of "duty" towards them.....and giving them the kind of preferential emotional and social treatment they would never accord a man. After all, if they all responded with apathy or hostility to her, what recourse would she have?

    It's all a manipulation game, the only means women have of attaining power. And her display demonstrates how insecure they are when they get power and why they are generally such failures as leaders, whether in government, business, or any other sector.

    That insecurity comes from the knowledge on their part that nature really did not intend them to wield power over men and that, if the cultural artifice that in the West gives them social privilege were removed, they could not possibly attain it.

    So her feminist claptrap and her homophobic positions, far from being inconsistent, are entirely in sync.

    And one day you will all be forced to realize that.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 9, 2012 10:36:19 AM

  20. And let me add that I really and truly wish, in order to make a point, that the man she was attacking had made his way to the podium she was speaking from and had proceeded to punch her in the mouth and knock all of her teeth out--or at least break her jaw, demonstrating by so doing just how artificial the "power" wielded by any woman really is.

    Again, what recourse would she have against such an attack but to call on other men to side with her and defend her against another man?

    None. Because she is inherently weak, as all women are, by nature.

    Which would demonstrate the point symbolically and perfectly.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 9, 2012 10:42:37 AM

  21. This idiot, Gillard, seems to think that the public will ignore her unbending hostility toward equality for gay citizens and sympathize with her complaints. The polls in Australia bode ill for her chances. The message of Australian voters to Gillard seems to be: "Equality is a two-way street, sweetie."

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderale | Oct 9, 2012 10:43:01 AM

  22. For those who wonder why I hate women I'll tell you - I was having a sexual relationship with my father and my mother didn't approve. Because she's selfish like all women are.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 9, 2012 10:44:06 AM

  23. And here is a good example--hot off the presses this morning--of what comes of "girl power" in the absence of a culture of chivalry and one that pushes men to be emotionally dependent on women. Feminists quickly have demonstrated for them just how "strong" women really are, in the absence of social privilege:

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 9, 2012 10:54:20 AM

  24. I disagree with Gillard on marriage equality, but absolutely applaud her stance against sexism and misogyny. She has been subject to truly appalling behaviour because she is a woman. I can't go along with the idea that her opposition to gay marriage means that she deserves such treatment. I will continue to argue against her stance on marriage but watching this video, I feel proud to have such a person as my Prime Minister.

    Posted by: Erko | Oct 9, 2012 10:57:55 AM

  25. I suppose I could better make a point by showing myself as a strong empowered openly gay man rather than spending another day attacking women, but that would require me to actually be a strong and empowered openly gay man and I'm not.

    Because strong openly gay men who are confident and empowered don't need to come onto the internet to anonymously complain and slander women.

    By the way, if you ever read a news story about a "funny smell" in an apartment building that ends up being the rotting corpse of a man who died and was dead for 4-5 weeks before anyone noticed, it'll be about me. Get your bottle of champagne ready for it.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 9, 2012 11:00:56 AM

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