Well, there goes the moral high ground. By calling Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop a “bimbo” on Twitter today, Labor MP Steve Gibbons has turned the sexism debate into yet another hypocritical Labor backflip.

One of these people is a gibbon. The other is a Gibbons

What a buffoon. Actually, in the spirit of gratuitous name-calling, let’s call Gibbons a baboon. He showed about as much brains as one, and the insult fits with his surname. Also, his arse is now a big red target.

Back in early October, I was proud to wave the flag for the now famous Gillard speech, as it was an impassioned and seemingly unrehearsed vent for her anger at Tony Abbott’s deliberate and cynical recycling of the vile phrase “died of shame”.

It also seemed like a moment when the Prime Minister said right, enough with this sexism stuff, this misogyny stuff – call it what you or the Macquarie Dictionary will. Gillard was a little theatrical, but she made her point well. She won’t cop it anymore. None of us should cop it anymore.

As it happens, I’m not one of those Australians who believes that Mr Abbott has “a problem with women”, whatever that means. But it’s pretty much beyond doubt that he’s had the odd issue with how he talks about women. Most blokes have, myself included.

Ms Gillard’s speech was a reminder to stop and think about the language we use with regards to women before we open our big yappers.

So here we are six weeks later, in a year marked by innumerable Twittrocities, and some lowly MP who normal Australians have never heard of blows the caper big time.

Mr Gibbons weighed in to a genuine debate on the merits of Julie Bishop in the stupidest possible way. By invalidating everything his party leader has stood up for, and because his grey hair looks like it might once have been blond, there really is nothing left but to call Mr Gibbons a “himbo”.

And of course, to wait with bated breath the response of a woman who he probably calls “Mrs Timbo”.

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    • F U says:

      11:13am | 28/11/12

      The only way to fight hate is with more hate!hh What’s with day all this having to recant and apologieon everything? would it be so bad to say ‘i meant it, problem with that!?’.

    • Rosie says:

      03:09pm | 28/11/12

      FU these standards were set by no other but our PM.  If the tirade in Parliament wasn’t applauded world wide by feminists struggling in their own skins it wouldn’t be such a big deal. Males like Ant also found themselves excited about the tirade instead of defending their male counterparts. An article on Punch by Ant, ‘Gillard’s wins a verbal stoush and maybe an election’

      To use a modern phrase, Julia Gillard and Gibbons just got owned. We are seeing a pattern with the foul actions taken by Gillard in the way she leads the country - eventually it comes straight back to bite her.

      Sleaze is a word she uses relentlessly in her never ending attack on the Opposition leader, yet she ignores the fact that she was romantically linked to Australia’s latest sleaze in Bruce Wilson.

    • Its good nite from him says:

      04:14pm | 28/11/12

      @ F U
      Damn right!! Wouldn’t that be a nice change for once, I kid you not the PC brigade wouldn’t know what to do…

      @ Anthony
      “quote….it was an impassioned and seemingly unrehearsed vent for her anger..’‘’

      Sure it was unrehearsed, sure it was!!!

    • Mouse says:

      05:59pm | 28/11/12

      Yes Anthony, unrehearsed, as she read off her notes to quote dates and times of Abbott’s misogynist comments.  As she repeated sentences to catch up to where she was in her script. After Albanese had taken the time to proof read it for her.
      Yep, totally “off the cuff”!!!  LOL :oD

    • Dash says:

      11:15am | 28/11/12

      ALP pack of hypocrites! Time for Gillard to rewrite her definitino of Mysoginist again I guess.

      It’s a bit hard to play the gender victim card when your mates are throwing lines like this about!

    • Borderer says:

      11:41am | 28/11/12

      ALP pack of hypocrites!

      Say it isn’t so…. Tony should get up in parliment and say “The Prime Minister may very well say ‘I will not be lectured on mysogony by that man!!’ but for the love of god, will someone please lecture her, she clearly doesn’t have a clue, nor does the party she leads. I expect your response to be a full apology for Mr Gibbons inappropriate comments.”

    • Loxy says:

      12:45pm | 28/11/12

      For god’s sake, all politicians are hypocrites, all lie, all deceive, all are power hungry and all have questionable moral characters. I’m honestly sick to death of parliament bickering like a bunch of primary school kids and the attention this is getting in the media.

      Perhaps if we all stopped giving this idiotic and immature behaviour so much air time the pollies would re-think their actions and start focusing on the job they are actually paid to do – run the country!

    • dovif says:

      12:55pm | 28/11/12

      Anthony is a bit slow, he still have not figure out that Gillard’s speech was rehearsed and road tested by Albanese, and spoken ironically in defense of Myorgyny. The fact that Anthony through it was a good speech speaks volume of Anthony. It is not the first time Julia had delivered a chacker of a speech, she also delivered one, that she rehearse for weeks before backstabbing Kevin Rudd.

      And Australia is still waiting for her to speak out against Misorgyny when she sees them

    • Andrew Dolt says:

      12:56pm | 28/11/12

      Damn right. Every Labor person for ever speaks for her personally. Idiot.

    • Andrew Dolt says:

      12:57pm | 28/11/12

      Damn right. Every Labor person for ever speaks for her personally and she can and should control what they say!

    • JoniM says:

      01:00pm | 28/11/12

      What ? Acotrel couldn’t join us this morning ?
      63 comments and not a sign of him ?

    • Bane says:

      01:42pm | 28/11/12

      I’m sure some of the more vocal Labor supporters will also be quiet on this.
      Reminds me of the article a few weeks back about cognitive dissonance.

    • PJ says:

      01:49pm | 28/11/12

      ‘All Aboard the Gillard Government Sexist Train, going Backwards to the 1970’s ..... All Aboard.’

      ‘We’ll be travelling backwards through the following sexist, misogynist cases…..

      <= Slipper <== ALP Dinner Comedians <== Feeney <== Gibbons <==

      ‘All aboard…. oops mind that new glass ceiling madam, Union workers just installed it this morning ..’

    • Joe says:

      04:17pm | 28/11/12

      Of course she is bimbo,naive stupid girl. Abbott is using her now, and let her to dig a grave for herself.He is looking for excuse to replace her as Deputy Leader with his mate.Julie is so naive and fell into his trap.
      This is why she can be called bimbo as she has no brain of her own.

    • Chris L says:

      05:56pm | 28/11/12

      @Bane - “I’m sure some of the more vocal Labor supporters will also be quiet on this.”

      Perhaps they simply refuse to defend such an obviously poor statement (toward Abbott as well as Bishop).

      I suggest it would take cognitive dissonance to offer up excuses for Gibbon’s behaviour.

    • Harbinger says:

      11:24am | 28/11/12

      ...And still waiting for a statement from Gillard, Wong, Plibersek, Roxon or any other “strong woman” from the ALP.  Jenny Macklin calling his choice of words “inappropriate” is not strong enough if you ask me.

    • Robert says:

      12:33pm | 28/11/12

      ALL these women suffer from MISANDRY ie. a hater of men !!!!!

    • Robert says:

      12:33pm | 28/11/12

      ALL these women suffer from MISANDRY ie. a hater of men !!!!!

    • dovif says:

      12:59pm | 28/11/12

      It is call selective political point scoring, the fact that Anthony have not figured it out is actually quite sad

    • Joan says:

      01:25pm | 28/11/12

      The ALP women who went all the way with misogynist Slipper giving him their tick of approval won’t be out in numbers tut tutting Gibbons - bimbo comment you bet.- so don’t hold your breath.  Gillard misogynist rant was just a self serving rant.,  a person with real true honest hurt feelings would never vote for Slipper.

    • Joan says:

      01:25pm | 28/11/12

      The ALP women who went all the way with misogynist Slipper giving him their tick of approval won’t be out in numbers tut tutting Gibbons - bimbo comment you bet.- so don’t hold your breath.  Gillard misogynist rant was just a self serving rant.,  a person with real true honest hurt feelings would never vote for Slipper.

    • andye says:

      11:25am | 28/11/12

      He has retracted and apologised, plus been criticized by Macklin. Surely this would be relevant to the story?

    • Rolls Canardly says:

      11:42am | 28/11/12

      Oh yes! He unsaid it!!!
      And got a teensy tap on the wrist from Macklin.
      Case closed.
      Pathetic ALP fluffer.

    • Levi says:

      11:47am | 28/11/12

      Yeah right I’m sure you would be just as forgiving of Tony Abbott if he said the exact same thing and then retracted and apologised. The ALP and it’s supporters take hypocrisy to new extremes each and every day.

    • ramases says:

      11:51am | 28/11/12

      Probably not as the point is he said what he said and then had to apologise thereby making a mockery of what the PM said. This is just another example of the Labor Party saying one thing and doing another, a sad trait but one we are becoming accustomed to unfortunately, little things like there will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, you know the things I’m talking about don’t you..

    • fml says:

      01:01pm | 28/11/12

      When would tony abbott retract and apologies? wouldnt he just say dont believe anything he says unless it is written down?

    • dovif says:

      01:06pm | 28/11/12


      LOL, Alan Jones also appologise, and the Lefties in here still gave it to him for weeks. The Lefties even started a movement to try to force him off air.

      This is blatant hypocracy typical of the left, if you can show me a post of your saying Alan Jones had appologise, so that should be relevant to the story, you might have a tiny point. But I do not see any of the same lefties in here calling out Gibbon for someone hundred time worst then what Abbott did, this shows us what the morally left of Australian politics is like, and why people like Thompson, Obeid, MacDonal, Neal etc do so well in the ALP

    • andye says:

      01:13pm | 28/11/12

      @Levi: “Yeah right I’m sure you would be just as forgiving of Tony Abbott if he said the exact same thing and then retracted and apologised.”

      I am not sure I said I forgave anything? Simply that those facts seem quite relevant to the story, yet were omitted. Do you only want to hear facts that support your particular side of the story? Well that is quite interesting.

      Also, yes to your question. An apology goes a long way. Did Tony ever even admit to using that turn of phrase deliberately?

      You don’t have to believe me if you want. Why not just decide what a typical hypocritical leftist would do and run with that?

    • PJ says:

      01:19pm | 28/11/12


      Gillard has VOWED to root out Sexism where ever she finds it.

      It’s time to like up to a promise for a change and dig those roots out.

    • andye says:

      01:44pm | 28/11/12

      @dovif: “LOL, Alan Jones also appologise, and the Lefties in here still gave it to him for weeks. The Lefties even started a movement to try to force him off air.”

      Well I didn’t. I am not those lefties. Go and tell them if you have a problem with their actions.

      @dovif: “This is blatant hypocracy typical of the left, if you can show me a post of your saying Alan Jones had appologise, so that should be relevant to the story, you might have a tiny point.”

      I do recall his “apology”, though. Are you sure it was an actual “apology”? If so, it wasn’t very good. He should probably work on that.

      @dovif: “But I do not see any of the same lefties in here calling out Gibbon for someone hundred time worst then what Abbott did”

      Well Macklin did. The press is covering it too. I don’t approve of what he said. It is probably good he isn’t planning on contesting his seat at the next election.

      I am not sure what it is 100 times worse than? Perhaps it is 100 times worse than joking about someones dead father?

      @dovif: “this shows us what the morally left of Australian politics is like, and why people like Thompson, Obeid, MacDonal, Neal etc do so well in the ALP”

      Yes, this one tweet is definitive proof that everyone on a certain side of an imaginary line is morally bankrupt. You totally aren’t drawing a long bow to reach that conclusion.

    • ramases says:

      03:13pm | 28/11/12

      PJ, you silly person, we all know that a Gillard promise holds a much water as a colander.

    • PJ says:

      11:25am | 28/11/12

      Anthony, are you well? I refer:

      “Well, there goes the moral high ground. By calling Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop a “bimbo” on Twitter today, Labor MP Steve Gibbons has turned the sexism debate into yet another hypocritical Labor backflip.”

      I hope that does not get you sacked!

      Please remember, that Gillard’s rant actually loses ALL ITS SHINE when you drop it into the context, which was defending Peter Slippers job after the vilest of misogynistic and sexist tex ever.

    • Mighty Mike says:

      11:59am | 28/11/12

      PJ: Please remember, that Gillard’s rant actually loses ALL ITS SHINE when you drop it into the context, which was defending Peter Slippers job after the vilest of misogynistic and sexist tex ever.

      Sorry PJ i’ve often heard that about the context of the speech, I disagree It was a reply to Abbotts reference to “die of shame” lines which when I heard I lost all respect for this man due to the obvious reference to Alan Jones “Died of shame line”. Any person who attempts to use the death of loved ones to win a couple political points should be ashamed. And for the record it was one of the best speeches given by any Australian Prime Minister, she burnt him bad made him look like a fool to the rest of the world.

    • Barge says:

      12:20pm | 28/11/12

      Mighty Mike obviously hasn’t listened to too many speeches given by Australian Prime Ministers if that is the best he has heard.

    • Nick says:

      12:23pm | 28/11/12

      Mighty Mike your selective memory is comparable to Gillards..Tony Abbott had used that line many times before Jones used it and it was Gillard who dragged her dead father into the debate not Abbott.
      We not only got a first female PM but also our first victim PM.Shameful stuff..

    • Tony says:

      12:23pm | 28/11/12

      Gee Mike, talk about a long bow. The blatantly sexist behaviour of Peter Slipper over some contorted reference you think was made to a reference someone else made that clearly…..

      Yeh, whatever. I hope you check all your speech to the extent you believe Abbott should check his.

    • Kai says:

      12:25pm | 28/11/12

      ‘Mighty Mike’ it was not a reference to Alan Jones’ line, it was a repeat of a line that Abbott has been saying for a long time before Gillard’s father died. Talk about taking things out of context. The only person made to look a fool by Gillard’s speech was Gillard, and those who choose to believe her nonsense.

    • Bob says:

      12:31pm | 28/11/12

      Mighty Mike: He’d used the “Die of shame” line long before her father had died. It was a common line from him right up until Gillard decided it was referring to her father. It’s just a pity that the best speech Gillard will ever give was based on her opportunism in using her father’s death for political ends.

    • Borderer says:

      12:37pm | 28/11/12

      @Mighty Mike
      You’re cherry picking parts of his speech and sure there is grounds to be upset if you join the dots and her actual response to that was brief and at the begining of her rant. She then proceeded in calling him a mysogonist with zero evidence after a protracted campaign of saying he has a problem with women etc. again with zero evidence. She then broadcast it to the world and heartily congratulated herself only to have the man she so vigorously defended mere hours before admit to being exactly what she accused an innocent person of.
      Keep in mind that this after the Australia Day fiasco where her staff lied to aboriginal activists (recorded) about what the leader of the opposition said in regards to the tent embassy. One stunt followed by another less than nine months later, all aimed to discredit the leader of the opposition on the basis of untruths.
      You wonder why people call her a liar, it’s because she does, all the time. It’s not bad enough that she lies for herself but also constructs them to try and entrap others.

    • I hate pies says:

      12:37pm | 28/11/12

      Actually, if you look at what JG said, it doesn’t make any sense at all - when did TA actually lecture her? It’s classic Labor - rhetorical bullshit that has no substance

    • Anthony Sharwood

      Anthony Sharwood says:

      12:48pm | 28/11/12

      @Bob. Just checked the Hansard. Mr Abbott used the phrase “died of shame” twice previously. But only twice

    • Jaqui says:

      12:53pm | 28/11/12

      @Mighty Mike: Except that he had used those words so many, many times over about the government dying of shame, well before Alan Jones and well before the death of Gillards father.

      But like Anthony Sharwood who copped a massive slapping when he first posted this assumption and extremely lose connection, this hasn’t stopped you or him continuing to ignore the fact that he had used this many times over.

      Now, while completely unsurprising, the only vile, disgusting person that used the death of Gillards father to score political points that day was Julia Gillard herself.

    • Jaqui says:

      12:57pm | 28/11/12

      @Anthony Sharwood: “Just checked the Hansard. Mr Abbott used the phrase “died of shame” twice previously. But only twice ” and yet this evidence still does not stop you from perpetrating the blatant lie that his comment was in any way related to Gillards father.

      How many people pointed this out to you previously Ant? Did you forget?

    • earl says:

      12:59pm | 28/11/12

      The real hypocrisy is how after someone dies, everything they have ever done is gold plated and good. Because criticising the dead or dying is never acceptable. I dont actually know why this is the case. Perhaps it’s due to sympathy or inability for them to defend themselves. Whatever it is, it is never good form to take this group on, as Alan Jones learnt to his dismay. The JG issue really had no community traction if the barb was aimed at the living rather than the dead.

    • Bob says:

      01:09pm | 28/11/12

      Anthony: Also “dying of shame” to add another to that.

    • dovif says:

      01:12pm | 28/11/12


      So using the term “die of shame” is now sexist?

      I do not see how saying someone’s dad died of shame being sexist, unless you can prove that the person would only say it to a female and not a male. Meanwhile What Gibbon said was completely sexist and we are waiting for the PM to do the right thing

      I suggest we will be waiting for Julia to do the right thing for a long time

    • PJ says:

      01:17pm | 28/11/12

      Mighty Mike

      “Any person who attempts to use the death of loved ones to win a couple political points”

      I’m a migrant and my ‘lived’ Australian history is limited. Apologies to everyone for my ignorance in this area sometimes. My lack of knowledge in this area was highlighted recently.

      When the SBS and ABC ran 10 minute segments at the top of the news on John Gillard, I had assumed he had been Prime Minister or something of Australia, delivering Australia to safety during her time of need. When Question Time in Parliament was stopped in favour of an address from the Prime Minister, I was sure Australia was going to announce a State funeral.

      I was taken aback when someone said it was Julia Gillard’s Dad, who had worked as a Nurse in a Psychiatric Ward.

      My next question was, does the sad passing of the parents of all public officials accord such special attention in the media?

    • paul says:

      01:18pm | 28/11/12

      @Mighty Mike It was a reply to the reference eh mike?

      So much so that she had to speech and notes waiting infront of her. How self deluded can you get?

    • Tony says:

      01:32pm | 28/11/12

      So Anthony, Abbott had used that line “only twice” before. So how many times should he have used it before you accept that he had used it before and was simply following on from those references?

      Talk about damned no matter what. No doubt if he had used it half a dozen times before you then would have criticised him for being ‘repetitive’!

      You media types need to get over your blind hatred of the man and start to report rather than simply quote what spews out of the Labor PR office.

      Some original thought from the press would be a refreshing change.

    • Might Mike says:

      01:35pm | 28/11/12

      Regardless of how many times he said the die of shame line previously, (twice) to argue it wasn’t a deliberately intended to be connectted to Alan Jones statement you ppl are kidding yourselves. And I didn’t say it was “the best”  speech but one of the best made by an Australian PM. How many other speeches made by our Prime Ministers that received international reporting. Still no arguement from you ppl about Abbott looking like a fool.

    • PJ says:

      02:03pm | 28/11/12

      The list of those seated at the Union Dinner, when a vile sexist joke was told about Tony Abbott and his female chief of staff, read like a whose who of the Gillard Government.

      None of them walked out. they stayed.

      Swan even got up after the comedians vile misogynist joke and made a speech.

      Clearly the Gillard Government is one of hypocrisy and double standards.

    • Jaqui says:

      02:34pm | 28/11/12

      @Might Mike: ” to argue it wasn’t a deliberately intended to be connectted to Alan Jones” there is no need to argue it, it has already been proven that he said it before so what it means is that you are the one kidding yourself.

    • Super D says:

      03:09pm | 28/11/12

      @Ant - Twice in Hansard but many more times in speeches and at press conferences.

    • Geoff says:

      04:34pm | 28/11/12

      Anthony Hansard is the record of parliment. He has used the phrase dying of Shame and Died of Shame many times out side of parliment.

      Searching Hansard and getting results just proves that he has used it many times previously in an offical setting and not just once.

      The fact of the matter is that Alan jones was Quoting Tony Abbott (or purposely misquoting in this case)

      Should Tony have reconsidered using that phrase so soon yes.
      However the speech that Gillard gave was the same as someone getting up and giving a speech about bicycles at a boat show.
      While it was firey and pointy and she gave it with passion it had no relevance on the topic currently in parliment.

    • Joan says:

      05:54pm | 28/11/12

      Ouch! Pwned by Ant.

      More importantly, it wouldn’t matter if Abbott had said it a million times before. It was using it just days after the Alan Jones speech became public which made it the worst mistake Abbott has ever made.

    • Ash.R says:

      06:24pm | 28/11/12

      Anthony Sharwood - “@Bob. Just checked the Hansard. Mr Abbott used the phrase “died of shame” twice previously. But only twice”

      Twice on Hansard, has used the comment numerous times outside of Parliament….

    • Slim says:

      06:40pm | 28/11/12

      I don’t get why people beleive Abbott deliberately said it as referrence to her father? Why? So that he could be attacked for it?
      Abbott can be an idiot but he’s not stupid and I don’t believe he intentionally meant to harm her personally while she was grieving as played by the Govt and media.. The fact he has already used the term twice before just adds to the fact it wasn’t deliberately aimed at Gillards fathers death.
      If anything Labor themselves have used Gillards fathers death as a political tool.

    • Gordon says:

      11:27am | 28/11/12

      I guess we have a choice. We either have every utterance in every forum completely scripted, checked, sanitised & spun to death, or, we have people occasionally making Gibbons of themselves. We are all gibbons really, go to zoo & check us out.

      I’m a bit sick of the “ooh-ahh he said a bad thing!” from all sides.  Hated it in Prep, hate it worse in (alleged) adults.

    • Elli says:

      12:37pm | 28/11/12

      The problem isn’t so much with what Gibbons said, or what Abbott said, or what Slipper, Jones, name-any-prominant-figure (male or female) said. It’s about entrenched attitudes towards women, particulary women in authority. The two key terms of issue here - narcastic and bimbo - could equally be applied to at least some extent to many prominent male politicians, but never are. Abbott running around in speedos - certainly narcasistic. Howard having his eyebrows groomed - very himbo-ish. How many men in politics use fake tan or hair dye? Don’t know? Don’t care???? Why would anyone comment on these things, nobody cares what male politicians do, as long as their policy and political manouvering is up to scratch. It’s only the women we bother to comment on.
      IT’s not about labour or liberal, Abbott or Gibbons. It’s about social attitudes and generally accepted practices. Until we change those, we will have this constant stream of sexist comments that suggest that somehow Bishops hairstyle choices have some sort of relevance to her ability in parliament.

    • Mikeymike says:

      12:56pm | 28/11/12

      “Abbott running around in speedos - certainly narcasistic” (sic)

      He’s a volunteer life saver.  It’s their uniform.  He wears it in the context of his work as a volunteer life saver and nowhere else.

    • Jamie says:

      01:26pm | 28/11/12

      You wouldn’t want to be saved from drowning by a narcissist now, would you ?
      Can you suggest more suitable attire for life savers to wear ?

    • PJ says:

      01:27pm | 28/11/12

      Referring to Abbott in his Speedos constantly is of course a sexist remark. You realise.

      If the Lefties are going to usher in PC games, they’d better know the consequences and the rules.

      So far, Slipper, Feeney and now Gibbons.

      This week also, Gillard held up the fact that Blewett consorted with prostitutes as evidence he was a corrupt character. Well what about Thomson, whose enjoyed 4 years of protection thank you very much.

      Hypocrisy and double standards everywhere.

    • Steve Putnam says:

      05:12pm | 28/11/12

      @ Gordon I tend to agree. Very amusing though, to see all these Coalition Ken dolls jumping to the defence of fascist Barbie!

    • Murray says:

      11:28am | 28/11/12

      PM Gillard promised to call out sexism & misogyny every time she saw it.  Well Julia, here’s your big chance.  The nation eagerly awaits your press release or conference in which you use those exact words to condemn your own MP - who has used language which is ACTUALLY sexist, as opposed to anything Tony Abbott has said in the past which you incorrectly and sweepingly categorised as sexism/misogyny.  We’re waiting…

    • Jaqui says:

      01:13pm | 28/11/12

      @Murray: I expect her to go harder and make him step down, anything less points the blatant hypocritical, zero integrity, liar that she is.

    • Don says:

      11:32am | 28/11/12

      It is well known that Gillard had that misogyny speech done well in advance and was waiting for an opportunity to trot it out. The Peter Slipper affair kind of took the wind out of her sails and the other word hypocrisy came to mind when she delivered it, no matter how impassioned.

    • A Gardener says:

      11:43am | 28/11/12

      Yeah yeah yeah.

      You forgot to add the usual 6pt footer:

      “This astroturf brought to you by Don on behalf of Liberal Spinmeisters Trash Turfers 2011 (NL).”

    • Esteban says:

      11:34am | 28/11/12

      Ant. I feel offended on behalf of baboons.

      What ever the ist word is for people who offend baboons then you are one of the Anthony Sharwood.

    • Bill says:

      11:37am | 28/11/12

      If anyone ever needed proof that the left are a pack of moronic hypocrites then they have it RIGHT HERE.

      What a bunch of shameless bigots. It’s such a disgrace that they occasionally decieve some of the more ignorant sections of the public into voting for them.

      Let’s keep the alp out of power until they grow up and lose their 1950s class warfare attitude.

    • craig2 says:

      11:41am | 28/11/12

      Which goes to show Gillards rehearsed and scripted speech for what it was, political point scoring. Calling Abbott a misogynist is on par with calling Gillard loyal to K Rudd. Complete BS and will Gibbons apologize? No chance.

    • PT says:

      01:09pm | 28/11/12

      craig2, Gibbons has apoligised for using the term against Bishop, maybe you should read the stories better before you make un-informed statements.

    • craig2 says:

      02:02pm | 28/11/12

      PT: wow, gibbons apologized, I stand corrected.

    • Mr Greer says:

      11:47am | 28/11/12

      The ALP’s only argument against facts is to retaliate with sexist abuse.

    • Joan says:

      01:31pm | 28/11/12

      Verbal abuse is Labor stock and trade. abd it alweays isn’t just sexist -  remember the tirade of verbal abuse they hurled at Rudd to trash his reputation earlier this year and the viile language used by Gillard just the other day re Blewitt,  I think this vulgarism comes from the fact that Labor leaders are mostly of union background or some sort of union association - streetwise like some unionists.

    • JoniM says:

      04:12pm | 28/11/12

      Oh So true !

      Just have look at the conga line of shady, grubby characters dominating our Court and ICAC listings each day ! Have a look at those news worthy characters dominating our politics.and media…....Wilson &  Blewitt , Gibbons, Thompson, Williamson !
      They are all ALP/ Union battlers just doing it for us workers !
      Hilarious !

    • PJ says:

      11:47am | 28/11/12

      The Green Leader Christine Milne criticised Julia Gillard’s ‘Rant’ at Tony Abbott for perceived sexism, when she said the rant was diminished by Labor’s decision to protect Peter Slipper.

      On 14th October Milne told Sky News: 

      ‘Gillard would now be held to a higher standard in combating sexism.’

      Milne later accused Labor Senator David Feeney of engaging in sexist behaviour. Senator Feeney, parliamentary secretary for defence, tweeted a series of pictures featuring the same image of Ms Milne with the caption:

      “The different emotional states of Senator Christine Milne.”

      Milne said: “If you’re going to call out Sexism, you have to call out sexism on all sides, regardless of who is responsible.”

      “The risk for the Prime Minister is of course having made such a big issue of Sexism, she really does have to carry through now.”

      That was 14th October.

      Now on 28th October Gillard’s commitment to calling out Sexism is put to the test again for the third time, after she failed to do anything with Slipper and Feeney.

      Labor MP Steve Gibbons :
      “Libs are led by a gutless douchebag and a narcissistic bimbo who aren’t fit to be MP’s let alone PM and Deputy. Both should be sacked,” Mr Gibbons tweeted.

      To one critic he later tweeted, “Just stating the obvious mate!”

      What Gillard does next will demonstrate whether Gillard is just moving her mouth for votes, or actually has some level of commitment to tackling Sexism.

      Heads up here ladies!

      After 5 years of Gillard being a powerful figure in the Labor Party, nothing has happened for women. Based on Gillard’s inaction over Slipper and Feeney, my money is on NO ACTION from Gillard to root out Sexism and we’ll be treated to a tasty bite of hypocrisy and double standards over Gibbons.

    • Borderer says:

      12:17pm | 28/11/12

      After 5 years of Gillard being a powerful figure in the Labor Party, nothing has happened for women.

      I disagree, some got promoted well above their ability, Roxon for example.

    • Ian1 says:

      12:49pm | 28/11/12

      “After 5 years of Gillard being a powerful figure in the Labor Party, nothing has happened for women…”

      No, since Gillard has been in power, plenty of single women (about 100,000 I heard on radio) on parenting payments were made worse off after their welfare payments were changed due to ALP policy introduced under Gillard’s watch.  Now they’re being told to check in with charities.

      They also lost out on a more secure 6 months of maternity leave at full pay offered by Abbott when they fell for the 18 weeks at minimum wage policy of Labor.

    • PJ says:

      01:04pm | 28/11/12

      Promoted just beyond her level of capability.

      But Roxon was already in the pipeline before Gillard came on the scene.

      Her appointment would have eventuated under Rudd or Thomson.

    • SAm says:

      11:47am | 28/11/12

      As Ive been saying in regards to this debate when Labor have used it against Abbott, its a non-issue.
      Just as it is now. Apologise, move on.
      The difference is we are suddenly going to see a whole lot of ‘offended’ commentors on the punch that werent around before..

    • Dash says:

      12:04pm | 28/11/12

      Gillard has made it an issue. By playing the gender victim every time someone male asks her a difficult question, she has opened herself and her party up to this criticism.

      She said she would call out misogynist every time she saw it. Still waiting for a comment.

      Fact is, the ALP are a pack of hypocrites. First standing by Peter Slipper and now this episode. Where is Tanya, Penny and Nicola?

    • Mikeymike says:

      12:48pm | 28/11/12

      Actually, no.  It doesn’t work like that.

      If Gillard makes an issue out of it when Abbott says something sexist and does nothing when her own backbencher says something sexist, then that is hypocrisy. 

      When it becomes the banner you march behind, the principles override the politics.

      I’m with you in one regard, I don’t think Abbott was being sexist and I don’t think Gibbon was being particularly sexist either.  He was being a jerk (and why no apology for calling Abbott a d-bag?  Curious).

    • Ando says:

      01:08pm | 28/11/12

      Offended by the hypocricy maybe. This was always going to be how Labors misogyny attack was going to end.But I agree both sides need to move on.

    • Terry2 says:

      11:52am | 28/11/12

      Actually, I’d never heard of Steve Gibbons until today…..and I heard of his retraction before I knew what he had said.

    • Fred says:

      11:54am | 28/11/12

      Can these baboons in canberra just get on with running the country. There are far more important matters for this country to be focused on other than determining if Abbott is or isnt a sexist, if Julia did or didnt do something dodgy 20 years ago.
      Maybe this school yard tactics is a symptom of mandatory voting. Your average voter has no idea about party policy and simply decides their vote based on a popularity contest, or in the case of the Greens, some ill conceived notion of doing good for the environment. Anyone with half a clue on green policy would never vote Green.

    • David says:

      01:33pm | 28/11/12

      Fred, you took the words right out of my mouth. Wish they would forget the personal attacks on the “other side” and just do what they were elected to do and that is to govern the country for the citizens of Australia

    • AdamC says:

      12:03pm | 28/11/12

      And to think the silly dill was totally oblivious to the inappropriateness and stupidity of his remark. Where does the ALP get these backbench space-wasters? Are they the unionists who were too stupid to set up slush funds and loot them to pay for a comfortable retirement?

    • Len says:

      12:15pm | 28/11/12

      Correct AdamC, shit for brains unionists, or union lawyers ala the PM. Either way, they are bottom feeding clowns who will be sitting on the opposition benches for a long time to come after the next election.

    • Tony says:

      01:24pm | 28/11/12

      “Where does the ALP get these backbench space-wasters?” Right out of the queue waiting to get onto the front bench. Just consider Mark Latham and what a piece of goods he was/is.

      These are Laborites through and through.

    • Cameron says:

      12:05pm | 28/11/12

      Im outraged! Clearly Abbotts the bimbo right?

    • Len says:

      12:05pm | 28/11/12

      The ALP, once again proving that people with shit for brains can still manage to make their way to the top. The last 5 years will go down in global political history as the most gaffe prone, incompetent, corrupt, clueless administration to somehow bluff the voters into giving them their vote.
      Silvio Berlusconi will be taking note I am sure.

    • Brad says:

      12:08pm | 28/11/12

      Ms Gillard likely helped to bust up one marriage by pursuing a long term affair with Mr Wilson. We know about the her role in the Emerson affair. She accuses Mr Abbott of being a misogynist, however a woman conducting a long term affair with a married man with two kids is no friend of the sisterhood. There is no greater damage one woman can do to another then by carrying out a deliberate affair…

    • All says:

      12:44pm | 28/11/12

      At least four affairs with married men, easily tracable on internet, some concurrently. So far we have Emerson, Wilson, Michael O’Connor of AWU and Peter Gordon of Slater and Gordon. How many more men in powerful positions with money to burn have been steps on the political ladder.

    • StanleyG says:

      12:09pm | 28/11/12

      “When l see sexism and misogeny l will call it for what it is”. Unless JG tears the charming Mr. Gibbons to shreads very publicly l"ll call the “misogeny"speech for what it was-a vindictive rant meaning nothing other than a way of bashing TA.

    • John says:

      12:09pm | 28/11/12

      Gibbons also called Tony Abbott a douche bag, which is a device for administering vaginal irrigation. None of the Libtards who fester around this site have called Gibbons out for that. That must mean they agree with him. Interesting.

    • Rolls Canardly says:

      12:21pm | 28/11/12

      This is the sort of mind that Gibbons’ comment appeals to.
      Beyond help.

    • Levi says:

      12:29pm | 28/11/12

      What an idiotic, simplistic view. Did Gibbons or did he not use sexist language toward Julie Bishop? And considering Gillard promised to “call out sexism” wherever she saw it, surely she should be coming out all guns blazing now? Pack of hypocrites, though card carrying members like you can’t see that, can you John?

    • Fred says:

      12:32pm | 28/11/12

      Any interesting conclusion to reach Johnny boy. But the world is use to lefty’s trying to draw such long bows in order to support their dying cause. You could get a portfolio position in the govt with that type of logic John!

    • Bob says:

      12:35pm | 28/11/12

      No, it’s just that abuse against men is never sexism in politics.

      Whereas Gillard has taught us that it is always sexist when it’s against women.

    • Angela says:

      12:37pm | 28/11/12

      John.. thanks for reminding us on how uncouth and disgusting these Labor members really are even though it has nothing to do with this opinion piece.
      Never in my years have I seen and heard so much venom and hate coming from the government.Totally unprofessional and no doubt the slimiest,grubbiest,foul mouthed government in history.

    • Mr T says:

      12:49pm | 28/11/12

      Only someone dumb enough to vote for the ALP would draw such a ridiculous conclusion.

    • jaki says:

      01:01pm | 28/11/12

      Is this the same “John” who recently claimed on The Punch that 100% of women hate Tony Abbott ?
      Certainly seems stupid enough to be that same moron.

    • Anthony says:

      12:14pm | 28/11/12

      Your assumption that the ALP somehow own the moral highground just shows how stupid the media can be.

    • Lulu says:

      12:15pm | 28/11/12

      Politics this week has been more dismal than usual. Why don’t they just stop with the school yard name calling and get on with running the country. We have serious issues facing us and we need serious grown up people to handle them.

    • daz says:

      12:16pm | 28/11/12

      Primative indeed Steve. i suggest that his genitalia has attempted to migrate to his cranium. Hopefully interception will occur and steve will find secondment to Nauru

    • Wickerman says:

      12:21pm | 28/11/12

      Don’t get it - I agree that bimbo is bad, yet in that tweet Abbot was called a “gutless douchebag” but no uproar over that?

      WTF?  Double standards?

      Although this a great opportunity for J Bishop to give a J Gillard like rant in Parliament as demonstration of the whinge that was J Gillard’s rant.

    • MM says:

      12:22pm | 28/11/12

      Why does not the PM call Gibbons a Mysogonist?
      Why does the PM allow Gibbons to stay in the Labor Party?
      It’s about time she did something positive.
      She can’t just keep sitting on the fnece forever.

    • Damo says:

      12:23pm | 28/11/12

      This is what Bimbo means according to Oxford. An attractive but unintelligent or frivolous young woman. Well, Julie Bishop isn’t young and will leave you to debate the other qualities.

    • Millsy says:

      12:23pm | 28/11/12

      Anthony, what Gibbons said was stupid and inappropriate. But to say that his comment invalidates everything Gillard stood up for when she made her speech is ridiculous.

      Continual misogynistic attacks on the PM by conservatives and the treatment of women in general in Australia is an issue that goes beyond which political party has “the moral high ground”. The bad attitude displayed towards women is a matter more important than some tit for tat snarks, twitter “gotchyas”, and “public gaffes” BS that is obsessed over by the lazy media in Australia that reduce these issues down to the level of sports commentary between two opposing teams.

    • Anubis says:

      01:01pm | 28/11/12

      @ Millsy - since when has pointing out a persons failings been a sexist attack. The PM has used the ‘victim’ card too often. Whenever anyone calls her out on any subject (whether valid or not) she pulls the victim card ‘You’re picking on me because I’m a woman’ - ‘Blewitt is a sexist pig’ - ‘Tony is a misogynist’

      Maybe she might like to actually answer a question, even once, with a truthful and honest response. This seems to be something she is unable to do regardless of the subject.

      Being a constant victim is not a good look for the leader of a nation

      BTW @ Millsy - can you quote (with reference) even one misogynistic attack that has been made on Gillard from the ranks of the opposition?

      I will listen to the crickets chirping while you look

    • Millsy says:

      02:27pm | 28/11/12

      Anubis, I’m struggling to see what your reply has to do with my post. Do you deny that Jones’s “Women are destroying the joint” the placards saying “ditch the witch” and various other attacks aren’t indicative of an undercurrent of misogyny in Australia? The fact that this Labor guy unthinkingly called Bishop a bimbo would support that too.

      All I see you doing is trying to drag this back to a Labor / Liberal competition, when the issue brought up by them PM is much larger and by no means invalidated because some Labor MP used the word “bimbo”. Are you perhaps afraid to see the treatment of women brought to the national attention? Would you prefer that this were framed in a “the PM is just pulling the sexist card” Labor / Liberal back and forth?

    • Meph says:

      02:52pm | 28/11/12


      Asking for a straight, honest answer from a lawyer? Surely you jest!

    • Ando says:

      03:49pm | 28/11/12

      The misogyny attack on Abbott was motivated by self preservation. It had nothing to do with the treatment of women in Australia and did nothing practical for them. It was pure politics and very much like the two sporting teams as you describe. So the media has that part right.

    • TC says:

      06:04pm | 28/11/12

      You have obviously not been around unions much (the bastion of the left) Plenty of misygonists in those ranks… they will even rort worker’s money to pay for prostitutes! So cut out the generalisation of ‘Conservatives are all misygonists’ and Tony Abbott criticising the PM’s performance (and no he doesn’t resort to personal insults unlike our illustrious PM) means he is a misygonist! It is nothing more than a smokescreen political ploy for Gillard to deflect criticism, and this is why the ALP MP’s are up in arms because Bishop is asking the questions, not Tony Abbott.

    • taz says:

      12:23pm | 28/11/12

      We could turf them out and hand the country over to a bunch of five year olds to run it for the term instead for all the good they are doing.
      Then again i might just be insulting the intelligence of the average five year old suggesting this?

    • Nick says:

      12:28pm | 28/11/12

      Gillards so called famous misogyny speech has reduced Australian politics into school yard politics.
      God I miss the Howard Keating and Hawke years when Prime Ministers whether you liked them or not were adults.

    • Ray says:

      12:28pm | 28/11/12

      Politicians and used-car salesmen usually rank poorly in people-of-trust polling. Gibbons’ outburst rules out any possibility of his being ranked as a role model for aspiring politicians. His lapse of judgement (or is this the real Gibbons?) will influence people to rank politicians below used-car salesmen in future.

    • Anubis says:

      01:08pm | 28/11/12

      Well Gibboins is the federal member for Bendigo where The Punch’s resident misogynist, racist and bully acotrel resides.

    • London Calling says:

      02:16pm | 28/11/12


      Nope, he lives in Benalla, and has the charming ‘La Sophie’ as his federal member.

      But, yep, Gibbon’s is the federal member for Bendigo.

    • Tony says:

      12:32pm | 28/11/12

      Sexism or at least an accusation of sexism is just another ploy in the battle of bullshit going on within our very second rate parliament.

    • John R says:

      12:32pm | 28/11/12

      So if “mysogynist” means sexist, then one could argue that chivalry is a sexist act, an act of mysogyny? I’m lost as to the ridiculous nature of spin that Labor has brought to politics. Honestly, we will look back at this pathetic time of Labor (so-called) government, and die of shame.

    • Tony says:

      12:32pm | 28/11/12

      Sexism or at least an accusation of sexism is just another ploy in the battle of bullshit going on within our very second rate parliament.

    • Mike says:

      12:32pm | 28/11/12

      You can’t throw stones when living in a glass house.  Do all homo sapiens understand.

    • fml says:

      01:17pm | 28/11/12

      Sorta like how you can’t start a car without your drivers license in your pocket, right?

    • nihonin says:

      03:21pm | 28/11/12

      ‘Sorta like how you can’t start a car without your drivers license in your pocket, right?’

      Uh-ho, I keep my Drivers License in my wallet, usually it’s in the console beside the drivers seat in the car,  am I doing it wrong?

    • Ian1 says:

      12:34pm | 28/11/12

      Why detract from the far more serious hypocrisies they make by focussing on the ALP’s first mistake today?  What, the media are supposed to limit their reporting of the stuff-ups Labor make else draconian press regulation will ensue I take it?

      Until the population are no longer able to take the continued poor performance of their government, we will continue to suffer them.  That being said, Australians are a pretty resilient bunch. 

      Why not report that for the duration of this government, in just about every poll, the incumbents have been less popular than the opposition the whole time.  Clearly the people do not want this government.

      Which is why, I’d imagine, every union thug, slush fund adviser, former ALP member now cross-bencher, and green loving lefty won’t answer the questions being put to them in Parliament by the peoples Representatives.

      Do unions represent more than 18% of the workforce yet?  How about some reporting on the 80% odd of workers who do not accept union representation in any form other than that imposed on them by Labor/Green powers that be for now.

    • mmg says:

      12:37pm | 28/11/12

      Julie Bishop is only going after the PM full throttle now because Abbott knows he can not say anything for fear of going further down the well.  However, from my perspective, Julie Bishop is not doing a very good job of it.  She too is coming off like a buffoon and sounds like an internet troll attacking the same dead point over and over again even though the conversation has moved on.  You want to revisit it?  Go away, get the proof and come back and everyone will listen then.  Out of everyone, including this Gibbon fellow, Julie Bishop comes out looking the worst and is doing her self no favours at all.

    • Gary T says:

      01:04pm | 28/11/12

      Spot on. She must be the most ineffectual, wishy-washy, woman-with-man-face, follow-my-leader (any leader will do), politician on the planet.

      Her sole and entire focus appears to be to change her allegiance away any from member, and whichever party leader her colleagues choose to roll, so long as she can stay as deputy.

      I am convinced that there is a disconnect between her brain and her face.

      Ps. I cannot stand Gillard either but, by comparisonwith bishop the PM is focussed, energetic, intelligent and commited
      PPs. No I don’t care if she has a law degree

    • Angela says:

      03:02pm | 28/11/12

      “woman-with-man-face”  GaryT. we can add you to the ever growing list of misogynists in this country..
      you don’t happen to be an old white male as well?

    • Borderer says:

      03:31pm | 28/11/12

      Gary T
      So your point is “She looks like one!!!”
      Quality argument there champ.

    • Gary T says:

      05:57pm | 28/11/12

      That’s right Angela. Ever since I first saw him/her I was never sure what it was. (see Damo’s comment posted at 12.23pm)
      I’m not just old, I’m atheist too - probably Julie G’lard babes most endearing value.

    • Luke says:

      12:43pm | 28/11/12

      The wild baboon is a magnificent creature…the parliament house variety should be lead to extinction.

    • nihonin says:

      03:29pm | 28/11/12

      Luke, we can expediate the extinction of said species, through the time honoured and much loved sport of ‘hunting’, for purely scientific reasons of course.  Maybe it would be possibly through research to find out what has caused the dumbing down of our political leaders and MP’s, over the 5 years or so years.

    • Robert says:

      12:44pm | 28/11/12

      The excuse for this is he is sick and tired of a smear campain against Gillard…...... What about the smear campain Gillard did on Abbott ??????

    • Mitch says:

      12:53pm | 28/11/12

      Watch as the whole “misogyny” issue is forgotten and brushed under the carpet by the media now that both “sides” have made inappropriate comments.

      “Women are destroying the joint”, “ditch the witch”, “Bob Browns bitch”, “Died of shame”,  “narcissistic bimbo”.

      ...Its a good thing everything Gillard stood for in her attack on misogyny has been invalidated, because obviously we don’t need to have a discussion about this at all.

    • Dig a little deeper says:

      12:57pm | 28/11/12

      “seemingly unrehearsed” <—oh the naivety, so charming in this cynical age.

    • Auds says:

      12:57pm | 28/11/12

      Mighty Mouse - the only person that a made fool of them self was Juliar,one of my friends that lives in the States phoned me 2 days later and said he now understands when I call our PM a moron he said the way she spoke it sounds terrible/monotone and that her head doesn’t stop bobbing just like those dogs that we put on the dash board of a car way back in the sixties and he said it was as though she was addressing a kindergarten instead of a Parliament and then stated that TA did the right thing and just looked a her as to say are you finished and kept his dignity by not responding.I’m sure Juliar is still looking for her dictionary to respond to what Gibbon said,hypocrite.

    • KimL says:

      01:00pm | 28/11/12

      I do not agree with all this childish behavior from both sides. Our children are not backward or unintelligent many of watch the news and this a bad example from all sides. I think Julia Bishop needs to give it a rest until she has documented proof, all she has is hearsay from a very unsavory man. I watched the man from Malaysia last night on FOX, The Insiders I think, and at the end of the interview he was going on about “using”( drugs I presume), the commentator cut him off he went on to talk of collusion with married women!! Fortunately he was interrupted again. He is not a man I personally would pay much credence to

    • Jan says:

      01:00pm | 28/11/12

      Mz Gillard seems to be able to call the opposition anything she likes buts then gets in a rage when someone returns fire.  She has a sexism phobia.

    • Alicia says:

      01:03pm | 28/11/12

      The PM needs to curb her own attitude and language. The way she insults people and tries to belittle them is disgraceful for a Prime MInister.
      I would be embarassed if my mother stood up in public and spoke like she does to and about people. I guess she wants to be one of the blokes.
      She has given a new meaning to the intitials PM. It’s “POTTY MOUTH” in her case.

    • Robby says:

      03:10pm | 28/11/12

      You should have watched Gillard in question time today.  Smirking, bouncing around behind the despatch box, then she let fly at Abbott for actually asking a question, then Julie Bishop copped a serve.  I found the tirade uncomfortable to listen to, and the two questions I did watch her take from the Opposition she refused to answer.  I never thought she would denigrate another woman the way she did.  Julia Gillard gets worse by the day.  Maybe she is a mysogynist.

    • Jane says:

      04:49pm | 28/11/12

      She speaks to people like their a piece of shit! and gets a way with it.
      PM - Potty Mouth Gillard I like that Alicia and so true!

    • HadEnough says:

      01:14pm | 28/11/12

      To those calling for an end to children’s playground behaviour in politics and start running the country - they can’t, that’s why they resort to this rubbish.

      Children don’t behave this bad.

    • Another John says:

      01:19pm | 28/11/12

      So apparently its fine to call Abbot a douchebag, but can you imagine the furore if a Liberal member said the same about Gillard?

    • be honest says:

      01:20pm | 28/11/12

      ALP has lost their souls ,they shows[ especially the the ministers ,including the women politicions] shows double standards .one morals for them and others for oppositions.In my book they are all cowards and power hungry bullies.Australia needs new faces in ALP,

    • Be Fair says:

      04:11pm | 28/11/12

      Agree, but the opposition needs new faces as well, don’t you think?

    • David M says:

      01:29pm | 28/11/12

      Gibbons has been an dull indolent Federal member for more than a decade, a head nodding party hack!

    • Geronimo says:

      01:34pm | 28/11/12

      Would you prefer Froggy Newman’s line, ‘a bunch of punks and drunks’?

    • Martin says:

      01:36pm | 28/11/12

      Re: this article’s headline. You been watching League Of Gentlemen re-runs Ant ?

    • Anthony Sharwood

      Anthony Sharwood says:

      01:55pm | 28/11/12

      Just googled it. Never heard of it before now sorry Martin. Soft spot for rhyming headlines is pretty much the explanation

    • Tony says:

      02:16pm | 28/11/12

      So Anthony, you weren’t referring to something someone used previously but Abbott, of course he was referring to a line used by Allan Jones…...

      Just a little bit selective aren’t we?

    • ian says:

      01:37pm | 28/11/12

      I am sick of this country and the way it is run.. can we get politicians who have an understanding of the Australian people to actually do some freaking work.
      bloody hell its hard to call your self Australian when we we have no leadership. pathetic bush of school kids.

    • John says:

      01:38pm | 28/11/12

      But the vilest insult in the Australian lexicon remains the same.  It is the dreadful P-word.  It is to call someone a pol****ian!

    • Gregg says:

      01:42pm | 28/11/12

      Aside from what Gibbons has said, the language Gillard & co come out with at parliament question time is quite questionable, the uncloaked loathsomeness always present and then Gillard yesterday even proclaiming that Abbott had no guts just because Julie Bishop was the one attempting to extract answers and it would not have mattered who asked them as to the answer other than if Tony Abbott had asked, it would have just given Gillard more opportunity to vent!
      Such a great standard we have being set by the government.

    • Ian says:

      02:02pm | 28/11/12

      Gillard called Abbot jack the ripper. I’m sorry but to call someone a murderer and a a person that rapes women is a bit harsh..yet we don’t even blink at such a harsh put down WHY? as i said im sick of the way this country is run.. the word Hypocrisy should be changed to labor.
      sad thing is i used to vote labor not again ever…...

    • nihonin says:

      03:37pm | 28/11/12

      I’ll still vote Labor, sometime in the future once all the current sitting MP’s have left the building or at the bare minimum all the Ministers of this current government, are but a bookmark in the ‘how to not govern when ‘our’ Labor party are in government’ guidelines.

      Let’s start getting this party back from those who are destroying it, fuck you unions, coming in to our branches and telling us who will represent us, it should be us (you know the members) who vote for representation, not your ‘well old boy time for us to pay you back’,  union hacks.

    • Be Fair says:

      04:15pm | 28/11/12

      The “great standard” you speak of applies just as well to the opposition who are also more than capable of hypocrisy.

    • Kimberley says:

      05:06pm | 28/11/12

      Her language and attitude is a disgrace. No one seems game enough to call her on it in case they’re called a mysogynist.
      I can’t believe the media haven’t had a go at her about it.

    • Redrover says:

      04:11pm | 28/11/12

      Waching the two women, Gillard and Bishop, in question time yesterday it was obvious you were watching a refined controlled woman in Julie Bishop and by contrast a shrill, over educated bogan in Julia Gillard. Julia Gillard is rough woman who has spent too much time with the likes of uncouth unionist. ,Julia Gillard has no control over her emotions and is therefore unable to demonstrate any professionalism.
      It is a disgrace that we have such as person using the title Prime Minister of Australia.
      Also, on the death of her father, I cannot recall her mentioning once any reference to her “mother”. She said her father “brought” his family to Australia and seemed to attribute all her success to “his"influence. Where did her mother fit in, or was she only a “woman”.

    • biff says:

      04:16pm | 28/11/12

      Steve Gibbons in June 2012:

      “And it only takes a few examples of unethical or irresponsible behaviour to destroy public trust in an industry.”

    • Prue says:

      05:31pm | 28/11/12

      I think you’ll find that the correct term is actually “mimbo.”

    • Sharon says:

      05:40pm | 28/11/12

      Abbott has a massive “problem with women”. Which is, we can’t stand him. As they showed on Insiders on Sunday, if only women voted, the Coalition would be demolished in a landslide.

    • Ian1 says:

      06:24pm | 28/11/12

      Hi Sharon, maybe your broad “we can’t stand him” should be corrected to include Gillard’s Labor somewhere in the context of your statement.  If you are suggesting that all women can’t stand him you are demonstrating biased ignorance.

      He is “married”, a father (to daughters), leader of many accomplished and upstanding Members, friend and compatriot to all women who voted against Labor or the Greens.

      I personally know plenty of women who lament the fact a more progressive maternity leave scheme than the one Labor introduced (i.e. Abbott’s 6 months @ full pay) was not embraced by the Independents when they played their part in determining Australia’s future.  If anything, I would bet of women who still intend to vote Labor, that more than a few view Abbott as being unfairly targeted with all this misogynist rubbish.  Especially in the Thompson/Slipper context of Julia’s making.


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