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Aug 5, 2014

Latham sells out political feminism to sell a few books

EMILY's List Australia's Tanja Kovac dismisses Mark Latham's "tired rhetoric" and says changes for future women's leadership must be fought for by political feminists now.

As a member of the Australian Labor Party, it’s been sad watching Mark Latham’s descent from Labor Light on the Hill — the thoughtful third way reformer and inheritor of the Whitlam legacy — as he turned into a buffoon for hire.

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  1. Tom Jones

    Latham does fit a mould and unfortunately it does appear that too many left and right wing blokes have something in common – to reduce the power of 50% + of the population to avoid the obvious inferiority of their own brain power being made public.

    Tony Abbott showed his colours when he and Christopher Pyne cheerfully talked about the handbag hit squad. A patronising attempt to ridicule women in power. Mark Latham shows he has learned nothing by this although it is likely women who will change the government again.

    The article shows clearly that women have ideas and ability. A fundamental challenge to blokes who have neither like Latham.

  2. old greybeard

    I do think Ms Kovacs misses a few points. Unfortunately, while Penny Wong and Tanya Plibersek have proven to be astute and capable (Sen Wong is sometimes superb) Julia Gillard lacked judgement to a remarkable degree. This began with her extraordinary championing of the fraud from New York whilst education minister and continued thereafter. Her approach was I am right (she was little better than Abbott in this regard) and she did not try and bring the voters. It is reflected in her folly over the union slush fund (any sensible lawyer should have run a mile)and the Carbon and Mining tax debacles. Neither were a bad idea, but the mining tax was ridiculous in implementation and the carbon price too high. These issues armed the forces of sexism and resulted in the idea that Ms G was not ready for the job yet. Labor has long elected women to last chance saloons and it was abominable timing on the part of her supporters. There is more to Latham than is claimed. You could be very feminist and fed up with the outcomes. Still, the wome on the LNP front bench are nearly all dolts so ALP has a head start.

  3. Kim F

    It must take a strong stomach to operate within any big party machine, particularly if the odds are against you as it would be for women, and the writer demonstrates this. For Labor to have any feminism at all is an important achievement. But the fundamental malaise for Labor is not the weakness of feminism, but rather the problem of opportunism versus principle. What was it again, that was Gillard’s stand on the Tampa?

  4. Jacob Kelly

    I’m not sure what I just read, but fear that a tin foil hat might be needed.

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