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

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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.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I had a house mate like Julia Gillard in university...women's rights this and that constantly blah, blah, blah...but she was completely anti-gay. Since then, I don't trust females ever...they're all self-serving whores.

    Posted by: gregg | Oct 10, 2012 1:53:25 AM


  2. I highly commend her on this speech - she has a very valid point about the attitude of some in Australian politics and that includes Abbott. Why shouldn't she make such a stance when she has been so personally attacked? This is as much a statement on the Liberals as it is on people such as Alan Jones who said about Gillard's recently deceased father that 'he died of shame'.

    Those that say it's not appropriate for the PM to speak like this are wrong, if she doesn't say this and make the point so strongly then the message isn't made at all.

    For those that then compare her statements to the gay marriage/equality debate or any other debate just shouldn't - that's something different. She wasn't talking about anything other than the change that is needed to eliminant misogyny and sexism in politics and beyond, but also that it's not right to make politics so personal - when it becomes so it is hurtful.

    Australia, like any country (let's not start comparing!!) has many problems and many aspects of human rights have some way to go. But like other countries, such as the US, there is at least some debate and that is far better than no debate. She may not be taking the stance that some want, but we are in a far better position than many others. We can host gay pride for example, something that is banned in many western countries, even in the EU. Not every country is going to be as progressive as say, Denmark for instance, but remember acceptance and change can take longer and not happen over night. Who knows, maybe one day we won't hear about regular mass shootings in the US?

    @Rick - you are no better than the people she was aiming her comments at - and the suggestion of violence and punching her in the face? Nice, your mother most be so proud.
    @Scott - If you really think this is reason enough - don't come to Australia - It's actually a fantastic country though and the men are hot. But maybe you'll have fun in Democratic People's Republic of Congo. If you know where it is.

    Posted by: MD75 | Oct 10, 2012 5:41:53 AM


  3. She wasn't talking about anything other than the change that is needed to eliminant misogyny and sexism in politics and beyond

    @MD75: What is needed to eliminate sexism in politics and beyond is for politicians to support getting RID of the denial of anyone's rights (including their marriagr rights) because of their gender. Discrimination doesn't get to only "count" if it's directed at her, personally, without her looking like the hypocrite that she is.

    As for the EU, I can't think of a gay pride in recent memory being banned there. Where do you mean?

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 10, 2012 3:54:54 PM


  4. She wasn't talking about anything other than the change that is needed to eliminant misogyny and sexism in politics and beyond

    @MD75: What is needed to eliminate sexism in politics and beyond is for politicians to support getting RID of the denial of anyone's rights (including their marriagr rights) because of their gender. Discrimination doesn't get to only "count" if it's directed at her, personally, without her looking like the hypocrite that she is.

    As for the EU, I can't think of a gay pride in recent memory being banned there. Where do you mean?

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 10, 2012 3:54:54 PM


  5. Dear Australians, please get rid of this c*nt. She's such a f*cking hypocrite who thinks that discrimination based on sexual orientation is justified while gender discrimination is totally NOT OK.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Oct 10, 2012 7:25:10 PM


  6. Will some of you really listen to yourselves? All the bitterness and terrible things you think you can get away with saying just because you're gay. It doesn't excuse the sexist garbage you throw, because you're exactly what she's talking about: casual male privilege, calling women "c*nt", "frosty b!tch", and "self-serving whores."

    She's pointing out unneccessary personal and sexist attacks. Yeah, go ahead and take her on her political record, that'd be fair. Not condoning physical retribution and justifying it because of some dated idea of "natural law". If Rick, RatBastard, and the rest listened, she's doing the favour of pointing out precisely the hypocrisy and BS of male right through might. It should disgust anyone that these ideas and words are even contemplated, when they are obviously motivated by misogyny and an unwillingness to empathize with disenfranchisement not unlike our own.

    As for her opinion on gay marriage, as has been pointed out, is not the topic of this discussion. While it is unfortunate she does not support marriage equality, it can't be the only platform plank we rely on to determine who has our shared interest at heart.

    There are issues in our communities that the right (and privilege) of marriage do not affect, like poverty, violence, mental and physical health, the list goes on. The sooner we realize the path of equality doesn't end with women's rights, racial equality, or our own civil rights, the better.

    Posted by: kerwot | Oct 10, 2012 10:36:09 PM


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