Apr 17, 2012

Ian Macdonald adviser quits after sexist email rant

A senior adviser to Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald has launched a colourful broadside against a feminist academic over an opinion piece bemoaning the lack of women in Campbell Newman's government.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

A senior adviser to conservative Queensland Liberal National Senator Ian Macdonald, Max Tomlinson, has resigned from his position after launching a misogynist spray against a feminist academic.


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60 thoughts on “Ian Macdonald adviser quits after sexist email rant

  1. Sam Clifford

    Shorter Tomlinson “Women will never be good for anything other than sacrificing their hopes and dreams to raise a man’s kids”.

  2. paddy

    LOL Well it *IS* Firstdog’s birthday week.

    But he’s getting such a sh*tload of comedy gold from our cousins up north, I’m beginning to think this whole Queensland landslide business is a cartoonist’s plot.

  3. Cuppa

    The Age, 25 March 2011

    […Later, Leader of the House Anthony Albanese accused Mr Abbott of ”a misogynous” parliamentary interjection. Nationals frontbencher Luke Hartsuyker had ”referred to the Prime Minister as ‘the witch’. Abbott added, ‘Where’s your broomstick?’,” Mr Albanese said. Both Mr Hartsuyker and Mr Abbott withdrew their interjections]

    Abbott stars at sexist awards night
    Sydney Morning Herald, 17 September 2010:

    [Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has taken out two Ernie Awards at the 18th annual forum that names and shames public figures for making sexist comments throughout the year.


    At the awards show in Sydney last night, Mr Abbott won a Political Silver Ernie award for such comments as “What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing.”

    He was the favourite to win the political category after being nominated eight times this year.


    But he was given a run for his money this year by his treasury spokesman Joe Hockey.

    Mr Hockey was twice nominated for the political Ernie this year, including his election campaign gaffe: “{Treasurer} Wayne Swan is to surpluses what Paris Hilton is to celibacy”.]

    [The Four Corners program quoted a young Tony Abbott as saying that “it would be folly to expect that women would ever approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, their abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons”.]

  4. lorraine benham

    Oh what a sad, sad guy. Let’s offer him a cup of tea, a bex and good lie down. Imagine walking around with that anger and angst stuff going on inside your head, day after day. Gotta feel sorry for him.

  5. Arty

    “Blokes dominate most areas of human endeavour because Nature equipped them with something called testosterone.”

    No, nature equipped them with something called “women” without which men would seek to exist.

  6. pam walker

    What an ignorant man Mr Tomlinson seems to be. In response to his advice I have a few words I’d like to offer, free of charge – get a brain!
    If this is the quality of advice Campbell Newman and the LNP will be relying on, I don’t see that government being in power for long in Queensland. I’m assuming of course that Qld women, like their “sisters” down south, will find Tomlinson’s views (for example below) ignorant and offensive.
    “Like most women, you probably don’t possess the necessary drive, determination and decisiveness that men innately possess. It’s not a personal criticism; it’s a fact of biology.”
    It’s a good thing that Mr Tomlinson is happy to rely on his testosterone because he gives no evidence of possessing any rational intelligence.

  7. Fran Barlow

    hormones not chromosomes! Sensible policies for a sensible Queensland! All right-thinking people think so. {LOL}

    I think it also telling that he thinks, apparently, that neither Carole Ford nor his wife have a life — albeit that the latter has given up hers in an act of sacrificial nobility to the cause of men.

    Gosh — the ALP dodged a bullet when he lost in 2002.

  8. cyberfysh

    Queensland voters have opened Pandora’s box – who knows what will fly out next??

  9. Chris Johnson

    Max Tomlinson is displaying serious symptoms of nodding dog fever. A journalist confined to offering narrow advice on visionless policies must be spitting chips at the endless spruiking Dr Ford does on boundless spirited topics of relevance to modern Australia. Seething and simmering over feminism, motherhood, parenthood and basic life matters after 40-years of marriage sounds like not much has been learned along the way. Seems to me its Max who needs to get a life and a new job.

  10. Andybob

    Does Max get a say about preselections ?

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