Quick Hit: About Bloody Time

Watch as our Prime Minister lays it all out about who the Opposition Leader is. It feels surprisingly good not to be tiptoeing around the subject anymore.

ABC Online: Gillard labels Abbott a misogynist

In other good news, the Destroy the Joint initiative continues to do phenomenal work, and is having a real impact. They are about to launch a website, and you can still find them on Facebook fighting the good fight, despite some truly vicious trolling.

Edit by Mary: as orlando pointed out in comments, a transcript of the speech is available at the Sydney Morning Herald’s website. In addition Open Australia now has the full text of the debate in a more readable format than Hansard.

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28 replies

  1. Long past time for Abbott and a conversation that Australia urgently needs to have.

  2. I am so, so proud to have her as PM right now.
    (Doesn’t undo some of the harmful things she’s done, of course, but that was 15 minutes of pure glory.)

  3. The headline on that ABC link doesn’t do justice to the content. It should read “Gillard tears Abbott a new one”. Nice to see the PM being Prime Ministerly.

  4. That was a spectacular 15 minutes of speech to watch. The transition of Abbott’s face from ‘Aha! She’s fallen into my trap!’ to ‘Shit, no she hasn’t’ to ‘what is going on?’ was just the icing on the cake.
    I must admit, this is the ‘Real Julia(tm)’ that I’ve been wanting to see. Considering the viciousness of the Liberals, I’ve been wanting controlled rage for a while – this is all of that and more.

  5. That was 15 minutes very well spent indeed. I *loved* the line about Abbott looking in the mirror if he wants to learn what sexism and misogyny looks like.

  6. Oh my gods, I have not heard a better bit of verbal demolition in a long time. Admittedly, that one was a bit of a full toss from the Opposition Leader, but she hit it clear out of the ground on the full, straight through the Opposition’s glass pavilion (from which they should not have been throwing the stones in the first place). Tony Abbott can now be used as a wonderful example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect in action with regards to sexism and misogyny.
    I’m just sitting here grinning. That was well worth the wait.

  7. ‘Twas a thing of beauty. I was watching with Mr10 looking over my shoulder, he got quite gleeful 🙂

  8. My favourite bit, and it was hard to choose, was Hockey leaning away from Abbott. The Opposition front bench speechless and uncomfortable was also good. Gillard really told him today, beautiful and long overdue.

  9. I just caught it on the 7:30 report and it gave me chills. It was much needed after Q and A last night when I nearly broke the telly.

  10. I used up a heap of my mobile data for the month just to keep watching – thought i’d check out a minute and close down, but instead was fixated for the full fifteen minutes. Amazing.
    And she barely even glanced at her notes except for the quotes!

  11. Wow. It’s about time somebody said it.

  12. So many times I’ve been disappointed by PM Gillard (and Labor) but that speech was not one of those times. That was amazing. I don’t think it will change anyone’s opinion of Abbott if they’ve been defending him or dismissing accusations of sexism but sometimes it’s important to say it anyway. And finally the misogyny word has been thrown right at Abbott by the PM, no backing away from it as too extreme. When PM Gillard does stuff like this I just sit in awe. She can be just so damn good.

  13. That was exhilarating. I should know, I’ve watched/listened to it enough times tonight!

  14. *Applause*
    I don’t think I’ve appreciated a PM’s speech to Parliament so much since Rudd’s apology.

  15. Aaaand I’ve just caught an interview with Tanya Plibersek (Minster for Health) on Lateline, ABC.
    That’s what you’re concentrating on, Lateline? Bloody hell, apparently calling out Abbott on his blatant misogyny in a verbal rending isn’t all that important, we should focus on the fact that *gasp* Labor didn’t know much about Peter Slipper’s private thoughts! And asked him to become Speaker of the House! That was a bloody big comedown after the glory of seeing Abbott’s misogyny get ripped a new one. Even after Plibersek told the interviewer that her line of questioning/commenting was bizarre, said interviewer kept on with the accusations that Slipper’s private communications somehow reflect on Gillard.
    It’s left me wondering if Australia has any journalist-interviewers worth their salt left, really. I mean, if even the ABC can’t manage to put up a decent one for Lateline…

  16. The Sydney Morning Herald has a transcript up of Gillard’s full speech.
    In less invigorating news, the Herald’s Peter Hartcher has fallen through the looking glass smack into the middle of bizarro world, where a fifteen minute speech calling out sexism is failing to take a principled stand in defence of women.

  17. I finally got the chance to watch the video. Amazing. Gillard’s delivery is fantastic.
    Yes, this is absolutely the PM I want to see more of. On every issue.
    So, confidential to Gillard and the ALP: please ignore the polls and JUST DO THIS. Focusing on the polls has gotten you nowhere over the past few years. It will not win you the next election. This might – and even if it doesn’t, the country will benefit from a proper debate about the issues that matter, led by a strong PM who is an excellent orator.

  18. Gillard certainly does very well on attack (which can be a bit hard to do regularly from Government). I wonder if this experience will result in a change in tactics from the opposition? Maybe even help bring support to Turnbull who would have a different approach to Abbott.

    Even after Plibersek told the interviewer that her line of questioning/commenting was bizarre, said interviewer kept on with the accusations that Slipper’s private communications somehow reflect on Gillard.

    Its not the private communication itself, but I think the ALP supporting Slipper after it came out and he admitted it was true is a sign of hypocrisy (not that this is uncommon in politics!). The ALP have been trying to conflate the sexual harassment allegations against Slipper and the SMSs he made. Yes, they were made in private (and expected at the time to remain so), but continuing to support him as Speaker after they were released was also sending a message.

  19. In further transcript news, Open Australia now has the full debate up. (They scrape Hansard, it’s just a nicer site.)

  20. Can people share the links/stories they’re criticising, where available? It makes it much easier to take part in the thread! I found a couple.
    The Lateline interview Medivh refers to is available online, in both video and transcript form.

    TANYA PLIBERSEK: But I think it is right that Mr Slipper has taken responsibility. He’s apologised for the language and he’s tendered his resignation and it shows two things. It shows that he has respect for the institution of the Parliament and it shows that he knows that the language that he has used is wrong and should not have been used. And I think it raises the question about the role that Tony Abbott’s playing.
    He doesn’t hold the Parliament in the same respect. He’s prepared to smash the place up, and it also calls into question the fact that the Leader of the Opposition hasn’t distanced himself from the use of this type of language. He’s been prepared to be out the front of Parliament with these types of signs, he sent his industry spokesperson, Sophie Mirabella, at the taxpayer’s expense, to Sydney …
    EMMA ALBERICI: We’re going a little bit off topic … we’re going a little bit off topic, because we started talking about Peter Slipper and now we’ve ended up talking about Tony Abbott. If I can just keep you to the topic at hand, which is, of course, the resignation of the Speaker.

    The Peter Hartcher opinion piece orlando refers to is at We Expected More of Gillard:

    JULIA GILLARD confronted a stark choice yesterday – the political defence of her parliamentary numbers, or the defence of the principle of respect for women.
    She chose to defend her numbers. She chose power over principle. It was the wrong choice. It was an unprincipled decision and turned out not to be pragmatic either. The Prime Minister gained nothing and lost a great deal.

  21. I enjoyed Tim Dunlop’s article (via Liam Hogan on Twitter):

    [Mainstream media columnists] instead took the bait fed to them by the spin doctors on the other side of politics that there was some moral equivalence between the private text messages sent by the Speaker (when he was still a member of the Opposition, by the way) and the overwhelming climate of personal denigration and misogyny created by the Opposition Leader and the tabloid flying monkeys that cheer him on.
    The public can see this, obviously the global media can see it. But a press gallery that spends more time getting “briefed” by spinners and reading each other’s copy completely misses the story. Again.
    […] None of this simply to defend Julia Gillard […] Yesterday, the Gillard Government also passed welfare reforms through the Senate that will cut single parent payments by up to $140 a week. This is a measure that will disproportionately affect women, and particularly those in the sectors of society that the Labor Party is traditionally supposed to represent.
    … If we want to stand up for women, let’s start by standing up for these women.

  22. Lots of old white men thinking that Gillard failed yesterday. What a surprise. I think they have difficulty understanding exactly what did happen.

  23. So Dunlop is “why are you worrying about these women instead of these other women” and Hartcher is “not voting to fire Slipper is exactly the same IF NOT WORSE than being Tony Abbotta mysognist pig, and also you are a woman so you have to be the moral gatekeeper here” and the rest of the Australian media is like “….yyeeeeesssss, but why are we talking about Abbott when we could be talking about Slipper?”.
    Meanwhile the rest of the world is all “Gillard. Awesome. Did you see? And to think I used to call that place Austria by mistake. …Slipper? Never heard of him”.

  24. Neat summary, rainne. I hadn’t heard a thing about the welfare cuts until I got an email from the Greens today, and it’s pretty horrifying, but it’s hard not to notice the vibe that nothing a woman ever says is going to be good enough to be called good. And Hartcher and Sheehan and the like have made themselves look like obsolete fools.

  25. Thanks for highlighting the video! I’m so glad she finally said it. It’s also clear from the video that she wasn’t supporting Slipper, she explicitly says his behaviour wasn’t okay. Not only that, but her point that Slipper was doing this as a member of the liberal party and a friend of Abbot’s has been totally ignored by the media. If I didn’t know better, from some of the articles it would appear that Slipper is a lifelong Labour pollie!
    Looking at the mainstream coverage in the online version of the Aussie newspapers it becomes clear that no matter what Gillard does, the media as a whole will find fault and no matter what Abbot does, the media as a whole will find something nice to say (or ignore it completely). It’s ridiculous!

  26. Check out what Anne Summers said back in August about what Gillard has had to put up with. Open the R-RATED VERSION and also the APPENDIX.
    Anne Summers for mine also clearly identified that there were two separate issues. One is an issue of the separation of powers and proper process. The other is an issue of ethical and community standards in a work space, in this case Parliament.
    Rob Oakeshott told Waleed Aly, but he wasn’t listening. Nor was Leigh Sales when she ferociously attacked Anthony Albanese on the 7.30 report. Not sure what she thought she was doing, but it wasn’t journalism.

  27. @Mary, #20: Ta, this lets me highlight exactly my problems to Chris 🙂
    @Chris, #18: My problem was with this kind of questioning:

    EMMA ALBERICI: Minister, you’ve been attacking Tony Abbott as a misogynist; can’t you see the hypocrisy in then supporting the Speaker? Seventy of you voting to keep him in the Speaker’s chair?

    TANYA PLIBERSEK: This is getting pretty circular, isn’t it. Everyone has condemned his language. There has not been a person who has defended the use of the language, but the Parliament cannot be turned to the political advantage of someone prepared to smash the place up like Tony Abbott.
    EMMA ALBERICI: It’s hard to escape the impression, Minister, that within the Labor Party, keeping your jobs is more important than protecting the integrity of the Parliament.
    TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well I just think that’s a bizarre comment to make, frankly. I mean, this is from …
    EMMA ALBERICI: It’s a question.
    TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well it wasn’t a question, it was a comment and I think it’s obviously unfair.

    Plibersek stated over the interview that the government was expressly not standing in support of Slipper, but in support of due process. That Labor would not have the Parliament turned into a kangaroo court. Alberici kept on swinging back to voting down a judgemental motion is equivalent to unending support. It was a bad interview and Alberici should feel bad. I can only come up with two reasons: either she decided which way the interview was going to go by hook or by crook, or someone fed her a direction and she’s not quick enough to go with an interviewee when the interview doesn’t go as planned.

  28. I suggest you look at Susan Mitchell’s piece at Crikey.
    “The Peter Slipper saga will be forgotten. What people will remember is a Prime Minister standing up for women and demanding sexism stop,….
    Yesterday our world changed.”

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