From last night’s leaders’ debate:
What Tony Abbott said: “My wife, Margie, and I know what it’s like to raise a family…”
What I heard: “Unlike that childless woman who couldn’t possibly understand.”
What Tony Abbott said: “And just to take one issue that I intend to drive now and in the future, let’s take paid parental leave. This is not just a visionary social reform but it is an important economic reform too. It will not only give women the real choice that they need and have been denied for too long. It will give families struggling to pay the mortgage the money that they need at a time when they are most vulnerable and in the long run, it will be of great help to Australian businesses.”
What I heard: “It’s all about helping business.”
Also, since when has Abbott been committed to giving women real choice?
What Tony Abbott said: “…Whether Prime Ministers are to be chosen on the basis of the job they’ve done, or gender.”
What I heard: “Vote me for: I’m a man!”
Also, “Silly wiminz, feeling pleased because at long last, a woman is in the top seat. They shouldn’t bother their pretty little heads with important menz business.”
Also, also, carefully ignoring that we’ve chosen Prime Ministers based on gender in every single election since Federation in any case.
I think Abbott does have a problem with women.
Update: Other people who heard the whistling too: Mark at Larvatus Prodeo – Gillard’s attack on Abbott’s great big new tax, and his gender fail, and Pavlov’s Cat at Still Life with Cat: Yeah see if they win it’ll only be because she is a GURL so nyerdy nyer
Update: Annabel Crabb on girlpower at The Drum: Girl power driving the Libs batty. Shorter Annabel Crabb – suck it up, Tony.