Australian PM, Julia Gillard’s speech accusing opposition leader Tony Abbott of sexism.
The speech follows comments by Mr Abbott calling to remove a member of Parliament, the speaker Mr Slipper, on the grounds of being a misogynist. Mr Slipper who was involved in a sexual harassment case which centred around what Mr Abbott called ‘vile’ text messages referring to women’s genitalia.
Mr Abbott was himself involved in an offensive advertising campaign against Gillard describing her as a ‘witch’ and a ‘man’s bitch’. He also attempted to play down his own close association with Mr Slipper by distancing himself from his former friend calling his actions shameful in light of the scandal. Ms Gillard turned Mr Abbott’s argument against him labeling him a misogynist and cited a string of sexist comments previously made by him. She also stated:
“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man (Mr Abbott) … I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever.”