LDVideo: Australian PM Gillard in political put-down of the decade

This is long (15 minutes)  but well worth persevering through. This ABC News video, available here on You Tube, shows Australian Prime Minister verbally eviscerate the Leader of the Opposition, calling him out on sexism, misogyny and hypocrisy.

There are occasions when a politician approaches a tricky situation with a good argument, the evidence to back it up and is able to deliver both in a devastatingly brilliant manner.

The Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, had proposed a motion of no confidence in the Parliament’s Speaker over inappropriate and sexist text messages. Gillard’s critique of Abbott’s past sexist remarks and behaviour, which included taking part in events where Gillard was described as a bitch and a witch, was highly effective. She also expressed her anger at comments at an event, attended by opposition figures, that her recently deceased father died of shame.

In the end, the Speaker kept his job by one vote – only to resign later, leaving Gillard’s already fragile coalition in an even more fragile condition.

If only the Prime Minister could be as committed to all forms of equality and introduce equal marriage.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • lynne featherstone 10th Oct '12 - 9:06am

    Go Julia!

  • Wow – impressive!

  • Just amazing. Well done Julia!

  • Just to check I’ve understood the context – she was defending the Speaker against accusations of sexism by arguing that one of his accusers is even more sexist himself. That argument seems rather fallacious to me, but perhaps I’ve misunderstood, as Caron and Lynne are cheering her on.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 10th Oct '12 - 10:37am

    She wasn’t so much defending the Speaker – she was more pointing out the hypocrisy of the Leader of the Opposition who was no less guilty of sexism and misogyny. I think it was a highly impressive performance.

  • “She wasn’t so much defending the Speaker”

    But she was speaking against the no-confidence motion, and voted against it?

  • Vicky Speaking 10th Oct '12 - 11:08am

    So what did the opposition leader say in reply?

  • That was some put-down. The guy looked shell-shocked by the end of it.

  • Richard Dean 10th Oct '12 - 9:30pm

    Certainly a classic! Should be shown in all schools.

  • Paul McKeown 12th Oct '12 - 1:31am

    It is a simple matter of public record that Julia Gillard has been subjected to an appalling barrage of abuse for a year an a half, that no man would have been subjected to. Gillard’s only “crime” was becoming Prime Minister, whilst in possession of a uterus. She has kept her dignity for long enough, Tony Abbott richly deserved what she dealt him.

  • Old Codger Chris 12th Oct '12 - 5:40pm

    Abbott is dreadful but Gillard isn’t blameless. She appointed a known dodgy character as Speaker to avoid having to nominate someone in her own party, which would have destroyed her government’s tiny majority (this has now happened with said dodgy character’s downfall).

    Many Australian politicians are appalling and hilarious in equal measure. It’s a warning to Lib Dems that there are voting systems even worse than FPTP. And a cheery reminder that a country can thrive despite its political class rather than due to their competence and honesty.

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