YOU OWE OUR PM AN APOLOGY, SIR
This week Australian Agricultural Co CEO David Farley compared Prime Minister Julia Gillard to ‘an old cow’.
This while explaining plans to build an abattoir near Darwin that – wait for it – specialises in slaughtering old cows.
‘This plant is designed to process old cows,’ Mr Farley (pictured above) said in a speech at a conference on Thursday.
“So the old cows that become non-productive, instead of making a decision to either let her die in the paddock or put her in the truck … this gives us a chance to take non-productive animals off and put them through the processing system … So it’s designed for non-productive old cows – Julia Gillard’s got to watch out.”
Adelaide’s InDaily reported his remarks, which were apparently met with laughter by the crowd.
Taken out of context, or just taken out of the conference? To recap: “So it’s designed [to slaughter] non-productive old cows – Julia Gillard’s got to watch out.”
That is some context, Mr Farley.
I’d go into all the levels of wrongness here, but I hope I don’t have to. Any right thinking person, regardless of their political views, can see that an apology from Mr Farley is in order.
Calling any woman – PM or otherwise – an old cow fit for slaughter is unacceptable, especially coming from the CEO of Australia’s largest beef cattle company. This on top of Sydney radio host Alan Jones’s recent declaration that our PM should be put in a ‘chaff bag’ and thrown out to sea.’
Honestly, it’s time to call this sort of abuse what it is – misogynist, disrespectful and unacceptable.
Earlier this year The Hoopla ran an article listing the “top ten” insults aimed at our PM.
We should add to that list the comment from Grahame Morris ( former John Howard chief of staff – turned lobbyist). In a Sky News report in April, referring to the PM, he said: ”Australians ought to be kicking her to death.”
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