Aug 15, 2013

No sex appeal in sight at Lindsay candidates’ forum

The candidates for the must-win Sydney seat of Lindsay lined up at a debate last night -- and one had, well, sex appeal. Our reporter was at Emu Plains to judge Fiona Scott vs David Bradbury.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Fiona Scott

Josephine Ul, where are you? In 1987, when the young Tony Abbott was a trainee priest in Emu Plains, Josephine was his “celibacy adviser,” a job that presumably entailed keeping Tony’s mind above his waist.

In a week that has involved far too much focus on the downstairs area — including an eye-watering reference by Tony to a suppository — I think the Liberal Party should call Mrs Ul right now. Without dwelling on her past work record (the LOTO was probably not a standout pupil), any woman who can stand beside Tony at press conferences, muttering “keep it clean, you dolt,” surely now has a job.

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8 thoughts on “No sex appeal in sight at Lindsay candidates’ forum

  1. Kevin Herbert

    Margot Saville:

    I reckon you’re statement that:
    “If the parties want us to focus on policy, could they stop treating us like morons?

    Should read:
    If the media want us to focus on policy, could they stop treating us like morons?

  2. zut alors

    “…it was “just a nice compliment from an old friend”.”

    Absolutely priceless, this has put a connotation on Abbott’s crass remark which, hitherto, I hadn’t even entertained.

  3. Malcolm Harrison

    The past is another country, but it’s where I come from, and it’s worth remembering that for four decades being called sexy was a mark of approbation and power and had little to do with genitalia, its specific function or any association with gender discrimination. For a while back then just about everything was sexy at some point or another. To say the word was overused is putting it mildly. more often than not it was used reasonably appropriately to refer to charisma, something that Fiona Scott along with most politicians does not have any of. So Latham’s right about that.

  4. Tom Jones

    The problem with the sex appeal compliment is that it trivialises the female candidate and puts her at an unfair disadvantage. It tells the world that Tony Abbott doesn’t take his own candidate seriously and that she got the gig because he fancies her. What with telling his daughter to shut up the message to women becomes clearer everyday that women will struggle to find any kind of meaningful representation under an Abbott government. Lock up your daughters.

  5. mattsui

    Good on you Margot, thanks for being there (it means we don’t have to). Keep ’em coming and don’t get too despondant. Ifthe quality of the debate doesn’t thrill you, you can always become a candidate!

  6. Thomas McLoughlin

    Air pollution is why another airport in the Sydney Basin is bad for public health. Sydney already has about 1000 premature deaths a year from air pollution.

    Have a look at the brown smudge over the Sydney air shed from the escarpment at Eastwood on most days. It’s horrible.

    But if you are in Balmain you won’t notice it – probably because you are in it.

  7. Thomas McLoughlin

    I don’t get why the big media have decided air pollution is not relevant. Are they trained?

  8. AR

    Abbott told his daughter to “shut up”? More likely that she told him that after his cras remark – if her eyes could have drilled into the back of his cro-magnon skull, he’d have passed out.

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