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Has anyone heard from our Minister for Women or is she too busy protecting the workers?

The past week has seen the exposure of the disrespect for women that is prevalent in Coalition ranks.

The actions of Briggs and Dutton have been excused by Matthias Cormann, Ewan Jones, Barnaby Joyce and others who have shown their support for good blokes having a tough day. Barnaby doesn’t want us getting all PC about this. And he wants to be our Deputy Prime Minister?

During all this time, we have heard nothing from our Minister for Women, nothing from the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party.

Oh that’s right – they aren’t feminists.

In an interview in Harper’s Bazaar Julie Bishop reiterated she is not a feminist and told women they should “stop whingeing and just get on with it.”

“Please do not let it get to you and do not become a victim, because it’s only a downward spiral once you’ve cast yourself as a victim,” Bishop told the fashion magazine.

Michaelia Cash told the Press Club “In terms of feminism, I’ve never been someone who really associates with that movement. That movement was a set of ideologies from many, many decades ago now.”

“I consider myself a very lucky person whose parents told their four children to achieve, you work hard… All I know is that I believe in women … but I also believe in men.”

Senator Sue Boyce, in her valedictory speech, commented on Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech, describing it as powerful.

”I think it would have been more accurate if she had called him a sexist,” she said. ”But singling [Mr Abbott] out as a sexist was not reasonable either,” she added, saying the Prime Minister was one of many ”subtle” sexists in federal Parliament.

The only Liberal woman I have heard speak out about the obvious sexism being displayed by her colleagues is Sharman Stone.

“The interesting activities of the past number of weeks demonstrate that some of our male colleagues still don’t get it in terms of treating all women with respect,” she told the ABC.

“I think the most important fact is that it [the photo] was leaked, that someone didn’t see it as important to keep the woman’s identity strictly private. It is just an example of how we’ve still got a way to go in all parties.”

We have watched an advertising campaign on domestic violence telling us to speak up. To tell others when their behaviour is not ok.

We are waiting Julie and Michaelia…


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  1. p

    Michaela you won’t here much of. Like Ley in health, or Bishop, she is out busy doing the devil’s work, in her case union bashing on the Road to Serfdom and would have as much concern for human values as her male colleagues.

    In the end there is an ideology, despite what these women say. You will find them influenced by people like Ayn Rand and Hayek and they have no time for people who “don’t count”. You will find their views perfectly expressed by fellow travellers like Janet Albrechtsen and Miranda Devine.

    They are evidence that assholes come in pink as well as blue, if that is not a too simplistic a conclusion to draw.

  2. Emmie

    They look so alike in the above photo that they could pass for mother and daughter.

  3. paul walter

    What an odd thing. It wouldn’t put my name up.

  4. paul walter

    Emmie, you can’t say that Michaela looks THAT much older than Julie?

  5. Kaye Lee


    Ms Cash also expressed her admiration for Julie Bishop, describing her as “stylish” and admitting she has “a bit of a passion” for the Foreign Affairs Minister.

  6. Kaye Lee

    Cash’s last tweet was on December 30 about the TURC, as was the one before that and the one before that. She seems to have gone silent for the past week.

  7. brett sanderson

    Jamie Briggs grand reform plans for Norfolk Island are based on a misleading economic report-the 2014 CIE Report.

    Canberra hid the 2006 CIE Report for 9 years, which reveals what will really happen to the Island’s economy under Briggs plans. I fought for the 2006 Report for 4 years through FOI, and only gained it this year when the Commonwealth pulled out of the Federal Court appeal.

    This is the real story: how his plans for Norfolk will collapse the economy and turn the Island into a welfare basket case in the South Pacific. Sure, sexual harassment is serious; but so is destroying a people and their culture.

  8. rossleighbrisbane

    In an opinion piece in the middle of last year, Michaelia Cash made the following statement, “A perpetrator after all makes a positive choice to hit a woman or her children.”
    Perhaps “positive” wasn’t quite the word she meant.

  9. rossleighbrisbane

    Actually, if you have a look the Minister for Women government website, the press releases are almost exclusively about celebrating the achievements of women in business. Nothing significant about improving the future!

  10. Kaye Lee

    There’s a hold up in the House,
    Caucus broken out in fights.
    There’s a policy jam in Senate
    That is based on Human Rights.
    There’s asylum seekers dying,
    Many politicians lying
    Car 54, Where Are You?

  11. babyjewels10

    Ugh. Barnaby Joyce couldn’t be more loathesome if he tried. What good is he? Useless waste of our money.

  12. Kaye Lee

    Joyce, huh yeah
    What is he good for?
    Absolutely nothing, oh hoh, oh
    Joyce huh yeah
    What is he good for?
    Absolutely nothing, say it again y’all

  13. Matthew Oborne

    The issue has grown yet the government still wish to cynically treat it as bad news they dump in the holidays.
    Julia’s misogyny speech was one news outlets ignored for days, Morris saying on sky our PM should be kicked to death took some media two weeks to report, even the media hoped that one would die down.

    To quote Hitler and Abbott “heads should roll” and hopefully independant media will keep on at the issues coming from this as clearly it has been brought into the mainstream media reported but accepted that Turnbull has no responsibility or indeed the minister for non feminist women who arent victims.

  14. keerti

    Is the minister for women protecting the workers? Nup she is shutting up so as not the offend or draw any more attention to the ..ankers!

  15. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    My first wish for 2016 is that Michaelia Cash is made to resign as Minister for Women because she was a poor choice for the role in the first place and she did nothing to prove otherwise. I don’t even think we should need to have a Minister for Women because we should be striving to ensure a level playing field in all walks of life for women and girls regardless. I therefore, find it doubly offensive that Michaelia Cash of all the women (besides either of the Bishops) should hold the role that I find obnoxious in the first place.

    Micky’s silence on her male colleagues’ appalling conduct with women is reprehensible. If I believed in the role of Minister for Women, I would assume a proper proponent of it would be advocating for her colleagues to lift their standards and perform as positive role-models to other men in the community, so that women are respected and rewarded for their contributions in all walks of life. But then, that’s what a proper Minister for Women would do and Michaelia is definitely not one of them.

  16. diannaart


    I am not a victim. I am a survivor.

    I am a feminist. I adore men. Not a contradiction as those for whom the feminist movement is, apparently something that happened years ago and no longer applies, seem to think.

    Recent weeks demonstrate that some people (men & women) don’t get that being sexually harassed while at work or anywhere a woman chooses to be is not acceptable.

    Its about respect.

    Perhaps, Michaelia, you are one of those people who will respect others only when you have determined they deserve it?

    This must make life a real challenge when you meet new people – how do you cope with all that not respecting others because they haven’t really had any opportunity to EARN your respect. Crikey, is your respect made of out of platinum or something?

    Yours Truly



    Please pass this on to Julie – I can’t be bothered, I haven’t even met her to know if she is worthy of my precious time.

  17. Florence nee Fedup

    I seem to recall her making a statement but have no idea what it was.

  18. Florence nee Fedup

    They definitely come in pink as well as blue on Coalition side of the house. Bishop along with Mirabella led the sexist assault against Gillard and the rest of the women minister. Urged the likes of Pyne, Abbott and Dutton on.

    Same occurred in the senate with Cash leading the way.

  19. Sen Nearly Ile

    Surely we must congratulate the mini-stir in the women’s portfolio on being able to continue the work she began as mini stir assistant to the previous mini stirs who hardly stirred at all on women’s issues..
    People like these release a culture of a lie is not a lie if it was told to you as truth and you are merely passing it on.. Rorting is not wrong if you know some else is doing the same thing. It is not stealing if you can get investors to buy your shares in your failing company for millions more than you paid for them.

  20. horatio

    Michaela Cash absolutely terrifies me..

  21. paul walter

    Just sampled Ginny Lownde’s link and although it iis a little convoluted, looks like something I’m looking for.. more later when I’ve read the lot of it.

    I think it is true that sociology has been the first and most complete casuality of the reactionary war on ideas and thinking.

  22. Jaquix

    Add Cash to the list of incompetent/dodgy Ministers in MTs cabinet. Brough, Briggs, Dutton, Cash. Plus the nameless one who leaked Briggs’ photo of his victim, to Ruperts personal mouthpiece, The Australian.

  23. townsvilleblog

    In my humble opinion she reminds me of the Kath and Kim show the way she speaks. She is a lightweight who would love to be seen as a heavyweight politician.

  24. mel

    I think Senator Boyce got it wrong. While PM Gillard’s speech is known as the ‘Misogyny Speech’, I always thought it was misnamed. She called Abbott sexist, and often: “…the Leader of the Opposition should be ashamed of his performance in this Parliament and the sexism he brings with it” and “I was offended too by the sexism, by the misogyny of the Leader of the Opposition catcalling across this table at me as I sit here as Prime Minister…”

    She even used the words sexism/sexist more than misogyny/misogynist.

    By calling it the ‘Misogyny’ speech, it got everyone sidetracked onto what that word meant, rather than keeping the focus on Abbott’s appalling attitudes and actions.

  25. Kaye Lee


    Look at it this way. At least people learned what misandry meant

  26. Florence nee Fedup

    I fail to see how using terms such as feminism and sextitst identifies one as being of the left or right.

    Women’s rights has nought to do with politics.

    The term political correctness is rot, as respecting the rights of people is not or should not be political.

    it is about humans beings respecting one another, looking after the vulnerable, not abusing them.

    Time for women to believe they have the right to set boundaries on how they are treated not men.

    This week is about challenging what too many believe, they have the right to treat women as they see fit.

  27. Florence nee Fedup

    The diplomat involved was doing her job. The job of reporting to superiors the inappropriate behaviour of the minister. She was clear that she personally didn’t want matter taken further as far as she was concerned.

  28. Florence nee Fedup

    What Gillard did mostly in that speech, was give factual detailed list of actions and words of Abbott. It was up to the listener to label Abbott if they wish. Not sure Gillard did.

  29. Kaye Lee


    “The term political correctness is rot, as respecting the rights of people is not or should not be political.

    it is about humans beings respecting one another, looking after the vulnerable, not abusing them.”

    Eloquently put.

  30. Backyard Bob

    “Political correctness” always reminds me of “do gooders”. I’m not sure why, but it does.

  31. Florence nee Fedup

    Julie not Deputy PM. That honour belongs to Truss, the job Joyce wants.

    Julie is only Deputy Leader Liberal Party.

    Many of the Liberal comments are accusing one of being obsessed with the matter, telling us to move on.

    Trying to pass it off as Briggs getting a little drunk, and ending up fired.

    Of choice they managed to get in that the staffer made complaint few days later.

    One, she lodged her concerns that night. Two, she didn’t make any complaint. She did her job as a diplomat reporting inappropriate behavior of a minister of the crown. Was clear from the beginning, she wanted no further action taken on her behalf. Doesn’t sound like one making a complaint.

    Briggs took it upon himself to distribute not only the photo but the texts between him before and after the diplomat notified the department of his behviour. I assume he sent them to friends, maybe supporters. One can then safely assume I believe, these people supported Briggs, not the PM.

    That is why Dutton behaviour is more than sending disgraceful text to Maiden. Not about Briggs making an inappropriate pass at all.

    That is why PM trying to sweep all under the map by not wanting to know who sent what Briggs was spreading to the media.

    it shows this government as being shambolic, chaotic and clueless maybe even in crisis.

    It shows us the likes of Dutton are willing and are all thumbing their nose at the PM.

    Not a good look at all.

    By the PM’s body language and tired face, he knows it.

  32. cornlegend

    Florence nee Fedup, Mel,
    I love to go off to youtube every now and then and rewatch Julia ripping shit out of Abbott,
    I enjoy it, along with the near 3 millions views it’s had
    here, for old times sake .

  33. Kaye Lee

    cornie, me TOO!

    I also love the creativity and talent of our young people. They give me hope and pride.

  34. cornlegend

    Kaye Lee, here’s one for you :-}
    The Pope is visiting Sydney and Prime Minister Julia Gillard takes him out for an afternoon on Sydney Harbour cruising and,of course accompanied by a dozen Murdoch Media lackeys
    They’re admiring the sights when, all of a sudden, the Pope’s hat (zucchetto) blows off his head and out into the water.

    Secret Service guys start to launch a boat, but Julia waves them off, saying, “Wait, wait. I’ll take care of this. Don’t worry.”

    She then steps off the yacht onto the surface of the water and walks out to the Holy Father’s little hat, bends over, picks it up, and then walks back to the yacht and climbs aboard.

    She hands the hat to the Pope amid stunned silence.

    The next morning, the Murdoch Media all proclaim:

    “Gillard Can’t Swim!”

  35. cornlegend

    Jennifer Meyer-Smith.
    here’s one for you :-}

    Q: What do you have when 100 LNP politicians are buried up to their neck in sand?

    A: Not enough sand.

  36. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    🙂 🙂 🙂
    I’d do a laughing emojo but I don’t know the code! 🙁

  37. cornlegend

    A man wandered into the pub,sat down at a bar, looked into his shirt pocket

    and ordered a double scotch.

    A few minutes later, the man again peeked into his pocket and ordered

    another double. This routine was followed for some time, until after looking

    into his pocket, the man told the bartender he’d had enough.

    The bartender said, “I’ve got to ask you. What’s with the pocket business?”

    “Oh,” said the man, “I have Malcolm Turnbulls picture in there, and when he

    starts to look honest, I know I’ve had enough.”

  38. Geoff Andrews

    Here’s an idea for the conspiracists.
    MT (“Empty”, get it?) or one of his supporters fed the photo of the public servant to the press.
    Empty wants the Briggs, Dutton, Brough scandals to keep running, the polls will flicker, so he has the excuse to “reluctantly” replace all three with his own supporters “for the good of the Party, Cory”. A month or so later, he makes the shock announcement that he’s closing all the offshore detention centres and bringing the inmates to the mainland (“Labor built ’em”) or he’s going to compulsorily aquire all the car plant assemblies and build a new peoples’ electric car called the Golden or, through the magic of MMT, all debts are off and he appoints John Kelly to the Board of the RBA.
    The next week he calls an election.
    I don’t think the first proposition is so improbable.

  39. kyehos

    “The psycopath in Armani” : The criteria for psycopathy include “conning others for personal profit or pleasure” and a “grandiose sense of self worth.” Include outright pathological lying with “glibness, superficial charm and insincerity” and you have the personality in one!

  40. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    Empty (I like that) is the epitome of “The psycopath in Armani” who is devoid of respect for most other people. That makes being dishonest and disloyal easy.

  41. randalstella

    It is not that I have not used this pejorative claim myself, but I doubt that it is any aid to the truth to go on about the ‘psychopath’ thing, as if from this distance such a diagnosis is possible. Or appears anything else but name-calling rancour. The clinical category is a bit vague and opportunist at the best of times. Abbott was called it, ad nauseam; and I think it rather lets the target off lightly, for their personal responsibility. There are mentalities worse than mad.
    I’ll call Turnbull a liar. That should be enough.
    I can understand these days why people might think that this is insufficient, when lies are so thick on the ground. It has to be made sufficient. Deception has to be made accountable. Otherwise it takes over, as if right and legitimate.
    Throwing around pop-psychology is not analysis. There are very many facts that can be mentioned, and the mock-diagnosis distracts from that. Dispense with the facts and you are just volleying insults back and forth. Earn the right to use derogation by a concern for the facts.
    This is what reactionaries don’t do. Their entire reliance on abuse is their mental weakness.

  42. Geoff Andrews


    Liked your jokes.
    This one is an oldie from the Bjelke years. (I know, I know: Queensland was THE joke at the time). The original target of the joke was Russ Hinze, who has morphed in Mal Brough.

    Mal Brough walks into a doctor’s surgery wearing a hat and sits down.
    The doctor says,”What’s the trouble?”. Silence.
    This, and the fact he hasn’t taken his hat off, peeves the doctor, who walks around and removes his hat.
    To his amazement, there is a huge cane toad sitting on Brough’s head and, on closer examination, appears to be attached to Brough.
    “Good God, man”, exclaimes the doctor, “how did this happen?”
    “I don’t know”, says the toad, “… it started off as a wart on me arse.”

  43. diannaart

    Corn Legend & Geoff

    I owe my political awakening to Queensland. Although very young, the bleeding obvious corruption of Joh Bjelke-Petersen was apparent to this very young Victorian.

    My very first ever letter to the Age was published regarding Joh’s stance on abortion….

    So keep the jokes coming, because I fear that what ever was in the water in QLD in the ’70’s has spread throughout Australia.

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