In Barnett rules out breastfeeding legislation, the West talks about WA Premier Colin Barnett’s appearance on the 6PR Breakfast Show. Barnett ruled out bringing WA into line with other states with regards to adding breastfeeding discrimination to the Equal Opportunity Act. He wants less legislation on discrimination, not more, preferring instead that “common sense and courtesy” should rule the day.
And by “courtesy”, he means that we dirty filthy breast-flapping sluts should be more modest and discreet and private about these things.
This was prompted by an episode at a restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Perth where Mandy Crabtree, mum to seven month old Taj, asked to move to a more private area where there were few people, so that Taj might breastfeed under a blanket. The staff member went to ask a supervisor, returned, and kicked her out of the restaurant altogether. Audio of an interview with her can be found here at 6PR, though likely briefly.
It wasn’t until baroquestar pitched in that I noticed this bit of wording by the Premier.
“That’s an issue where, hopefully, if mothers are breast-feeding their babies… in public venues that they are discreet in the way that they go about it and modest in their behaviour,” Mr Barnett said.
“Equally, the operators of establishments need to recognise and respect the right of the mother to feed its baby.”
What an awesome leader. We should have known when he appointed the chair-sniffer as Treasurer and sneered about fish-wives that he wasn’t really one for women’s rights, eh? Oh wait, we did. Who the fuck voted for this misogynist arse?