IS THE PM A HYPOCRITE?
Is Prime Minister Julia Gillard a hypocrite?
A brutal day in politics yesterday culminated with the resignation of Speaker Peter Slipper, whose position had become untenable after the revelation of sexist and degrading texts he had sent.
PM Julia Gillard in parliament yesterday. Photo by Andrew Meares via brisbanetimes.com.au.
Julia Gillard had uncategorically denounced the texts as offensive, but then referred the matter as being before the court and supported the Speaker in his position. After the vote shored up Slipper’s job by a margin of one, he promptly resigned.
In a passionate and lengthy speech, Gillard had previously gone on the attack against Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott for his track record of sexist comments and behaviour. It was a fascinating performance.
But today Gillard is being called out as a hypocrite: using sexism as a battering ram against Tony Abbott, yet obfuscating about it to protect the position of the Speaker thereby ensuring her political power in the House.
Are double standards at play here? Theses are very murky waters indeed.
Over to you.
Front page photo by Kym Smith via News Limited.