Oct 10, 2012

Susan Mitchell: Gillard’s words changed politics forever

The Peter Slipper saga will be forgotten. What people will remember is a Prime Minister standing up for women and demanding sexism stop, writes commentator Susan Mitchell.

Yesterday our world changed.

It is difficult for many men to ever truly understand what it is like to be a woman who is forced to put up with sexist and misogynist remarks. Some of them are devious and sly. Some of them are openly hostile and aggressive. Rarely in the workplace do women ever call out men on these remarks.

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146 thoughts on “Susan Mitchell: Gillard’s words changed politics forever

  1. Suzanne Blake


    The words may be remembered and the clip played often etc, but people will recall that 70 Labor, Green and Independant MP’s voted to support the ‘word’ and ‘texts’ of Slipper by retaining him in the Speakers role, albeit for a few hours.

    Look at Rudd’s body language during her speech, he never looked up once, was on the iPad and reading. That was interesting

  2. jennatilz mckrackin

    Its not just male commentators that have missed the mark. Emma Alberici, Latika Bourke, Sabra Lane and Annabel Crabb are all doing the same. I cant believe it.

  3. GeeWizz

    What people will remember is Julia Gillard and the entire Labor Party voting for a misogynist and s3xist Peter Slipper.

    It’s now on the public record, every single Labor MP including Bandt, Windsor and Oakeshotte voted in support of Peter Slipper and his comments.

    Even Peter Slipper himself thought it was untenable for him to stay… but not this Prime Minister, so desperate she was to hold onto him.

  4. Aliar Jones

    Whatever yesterday was, today surely is a new low in the MSM, a new low tide mark for the slide into the toilet bowl beckoning aussie journalism.

    Anyone who actually watched and comprehended the speech understands precisely why this PM absolutely deserves the support of every intelligent Australian.

    That reality is not reflected in our sad sack idiot media today

  5. Aliar Jones

    GeeWizz demonstrates a very typical blinkered and bizzare lack of basic comprehension skills.

    I suggest you read the speech then you can come back and apologize for being an ignoramus.

  6. Limited News

    Speaking as a male, I found the coverage of the PM’s speech this morning on 666 Canberra was very narrowly focused on whether she was a hypocrite. Then I watched her speech (posted on an American blog!) and it dawned on me how awful Abbott’s views are, but they were barely touched upon on radio. Unfortunately the usual morning host, Alex Sloan (female) was replaced by a male stand-in so there was very little female perspective.

  7. GeeWizz

    Limited News,

    Gillard came off as precious. Yes she plays well to the handbag squad, but she really did come off as a precious petal yesterday.

    I mean the poor darling was screaming s3xism because Abbott looked at his watch… she’s really fallen off the perch this time.

    If this is all Labor have got left they are stuffed

  8. Sue11

    True, the only downside, was that PM Gillard chose to do this great speech to deflect attention from a man who seems to be as big a misoginist as she claimed Mr Abbott to be. It taints the occasion somewhat no matter how true it may have been.

  9. Jimmy

    It certainly was a brilliant speech a put Abbott right back in his box, just a pity it came about on the issue it did as the MSM have had an excuse to miss it, hopefully the attention it is getting OS gets their attention.

    Geewizz – As usual you show your prejudice and inability to entertain a logical thought.

  10. cairns50

    a fantastic critique of a fantastic speech

    peter hartcher got it so wrong in his article

    but what else could one expect

    her speech yesterday showed in black and white who should be the prime minister after the next election

    and it sure aint tony abbott

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