MY LEATHER SKIRT. WTF? REALLY?
This is the South Australian Education Minister for Education, Grace Portolesi.
Education Minister Grace Portolesi helping load Year 12 SACE results. Picture: Mark Brake Source: AdelaideNow
She appears to be wearing a skirt. It may be leather, vinyl, some kind of nice drapey jersey or, indeed, a durable easy-wash non-iron cotton twill.
You may ask yourself: what the f%@k does it matter?
And you would be right.
So how did it come to be that the choice of a woman’s skirt fabric is the issue of the day in the great state of South Australia?
Yesterday, SA shadow Education spokesperson, Liberal David Pisconi, sent out a newsletter criticising the Minister, which ended: “If schools received a dollar every time Education Minister Grace Portolesi wore her black leather skirt it would raise thousands.”
He then sent it to Channel 9.
Then the SA Premier, Jay Weatherill, said:
“I am very angry with the pattern of behaviour which is emerging from the SA Liberals.
“We have seen Liberals calling people dogs, talking about catfights and in this particular instance referring to a woman’s dress.”
The attitudes from a previous century and the use of this “locker room humour” beggared belief, he said.
“What we are seeing here is an expression by the Liberal Party that some of its members are uncomfortable with women in positions of power.This demonstrates utter and complete political incompetence.”
For her part, Ms Portolesi said: “It is disappointing, clearly, but what I think it demonstrates very strongly is that the Liberals appear to have a problem with women.”
So, do the Liberals have a problem with a woman in charge?
The Leader of the Opposition in SA is a woman – Isobel Redmond.
Deputy Opposition Leader Mitch Williams said on 5AA radio that the Premier was being hypocritical and “trying to use this to undermine Isobel Redmond as a female”.
The inadvertent release of the comment was an “unfortunate mistake” and Mr Weatherill was: “trying to make something out of this that it just isn’t”.
“Of course, those sorts of things shouldn’t happen. He is just playing politics with this and I think it is the measure of the man.”
Here’s what we at The Hoopla reckon…
a) If we had a dollar for every time a bloke politician has donned a hard hat,flak jacket, footy jumper or BBQ apron and waved a pair of tongs for a photo call and looked like a pinhead, we would be rich, (rich… I tells ya). And don’t even mention shiny, ill-fitting suits and hideous ties that men wear to work Every. Single. Day. (That’s not their fault. They work for nongs.)
b) We do not need blokes, of any political stripe, to fight our battles for us and tell us we are offended… we know a knob when we see one.
c) We support women to wear whatever they like when they are working (and one of us is wearing lycra running pants as we speak!) And at least two of us recall the days women were forbidden to wear trousers to work. ( BTW. Get stuffed John Laws and your stupid, insulting “handmaiden” era. )
d) We would have voted the late, great Anna Piaggi (left) for PM and insisted she wear this rig to COAG.
Finally, how does this crap (and Hillary Clinton’s scrunchie) keep making news?
Apparently some people have taken offence at Margaret Thatcher’s voice, Julia Gillard’s hair, Tracy Grimshaw’s blouses, Jessica Rowe’s laugh or ABC newsreader, Juanita Phillip’s glasses*.
Bog off, will you?
Some of us are trying to think!
*From The Australian: The Spectator Australia editor Tom Switzer is nothing if not resourceful when it comes to kicking the national broadcaster. His talent for sniffing out a springboard leaves just about every other Aunty critic for dead. To wit, the opening to an editorial in the latest issue: “This week, attractive ABC newsreader Juanita Phillips suddenly started wearing glasses. But it’s her employer who is clearly having problems seeing straight.”