Gosh, what a big week for women!

Yesterday, Australia caught up with the rest of the developed world on parental leave. The scheme is far from perfect, but it’s a start.

About bloody time.

But the feel good pictures of happy mums, babies, and Rudd’s smiling head have been punctuated by various other pink-tinted news items such as the PM commenting on a press gallery member’s Panama hat (s-xist! bad fashion!); Senator Fielding suggesting women could deliberately set up a late term abortion to gain the payment (seriously); the media in a titter over *gasp* Julie and Julia facing off across the floor at question time yesterday (two women! ladeeez in charge!); and, as we go to press, Crikey is listening to the live David Jones press conference regarding CEO Mark McInnes’ resignation after admitting to behaviour “unbecoming of a chief executive to a female staff member”.

The company are now scrambling to protect their female-friendly Megan Gale/Miranda Kerr plastered brand in light of this highly embarrassing and damaging revelation.

The more things change…

Peter Fray

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