Australian PM’s epic speech calls out opposition leader for ‘misogyny and sexism’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 11:38 EDT
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard fearlessly scolded Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Tuesday as he sat just six feet away over his record of “misogynistic and sexist” attacks on her.

Though Abbott pushed to have House Speaker Peter Slipper resign over crude text messages about female genitalia, Gillard still lashed out at Abbott during question time in the legislature, saying she would “not be lectured on sexism and misogyny by this man. … Not now, not ever.”

“If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror,” the prime minister charged.

“I was offended too by the sexism, by the misogyny, of the leader of the opposition cat-calling across this table, at me as I sit here as prime minister, ‘If the prime minister wants to, politically speaking, make an honest woman of herself.’ Something that would never have been said to any man sitting in this chair,” she explained.

“I was offended when the leader of the opposition went outside in the front of Parliament and stood in front of a sign that said ‘ditch the witch’,” Gillard continued. “I was offended when the leader of the opposition stood next to a sign that described me as a man’s ‘bitch’.”

Gillard’s 15-minute speech, which is unlike anything seen in U.S. politics, really gets heated around the 3 minute mark. Watch below:

(h/t: The Political Notebook)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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