Politician's 'meow' sparks sexism spat

Jun 1, 2011 Full story: MSNBC 85

'The blokes are allowed to yell, but if a woman stands her ground, you want to make that kind of comment,' Australia's female finance minister says Phil Walter / Getty Images, file Australian Finance Minister Penny Wong, pictured in Cairns, Australia in August 2006, took offense at "meow" comment.

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HOLE

Minto, Australia

#1 Jun 1, 2011
She must know Ahomana!
Elias

Brighton East, Australia

#2 Jun 1, 2011
The Libs seem to be inundated with yobbos these days, mind you Penny Wong is a nauseating character. She reminds me of Lee Lin Chin on SBS. God that voice!
moron

Melbourne, Australia

#3 Jun 1, 2011
Elias wrote:
The Libs seem to be inundated with yobbos these days, mind you Penny Wong is a nauseating character. She reminds me of Lee Lin Chin on SBS. God that voice!
indira naidoo must have been your sbs fat tamil wife

Since: Aug 09

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#4 Jun 1, 2011
Wong is not a woman, just a brain dead it.

“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Australia

#5 Jun 1, 2011
Bushby's outburst was 'unparliamentary'. But expecting decorum from Australia's politicians in the House is a gamble anyway. Both sides do indulge in bad conduct much of the time.

Plenty has been said about the 'meow' and what followed, but whatever preceded it doesn't really excuse it either:

http://tinyurl.com/3s6zzjz

That said, Penny Wong doesn't exactly attract a lot of goodwill and has a track record of confrontations like this. Even at her most benign it doesn't take much to expose the professional man-hater within.

It was a dumb impulse, and Bushby certainly picked on the wrong Wong.

The bottom line as I see it is: how much faith should we have in MPs prone to dumb impulses while on the job?
Ahomana

Australia

#6 Jun 1, 2011
The ADELAIDEAN wrote:
Bushby's outburst was 'unparliamentary'. But expecting decorum from Australia's politicians in the House is a gamble anyway. Both sides do indulge in bad conduct much of the time.
Plenty has been said about the 'meow' and what followed, but whatever preceded it doesn't really excuse it either:
http://tinyurl.com/3s6zzjz
That said, Penny Wong doesn't exactly attract a lot of goodwill and has a track record of confrontations like this. Even at her most benign it doesn't take much to expose the professional man-hater within.
It was a dumb impulse, and Bushby certainly picked on the wrong Wong.
The bottom line as I see it is: how much faith should we have in MPs prone to dumb impulses while on the job?
very aptly put, and the fact that it will detract "for a split second" from the this Governments missuse of the "tax purse" over the carbon tax adds and their lack of information wouldn't exactly hurt either......

“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Australia

#7 Jun 1, 2011
Ahomana wrote:
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very aptly put, and the fact that it will detract "for a split second" from the this Governments missuse of the "tax purse" over the carbon tax adds and their lack of information wouldn't exactly hurt either......
I think your speculation is supported by the coverage given to the 'meow', to almost total exclusion of coverage given to business before the Senate Committee that day.
TBA

Caringbah, Australia

#8 Jun 1, 2011
The ADELAIDEAN wrote:
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I think your speculation is supported by the coverage given to the 'meow', to almost total exclusion of coverage given to business before the Senate Committee that day.
no need to be catty.

Since: Apr 11

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#9 Jun 1, 2011
TBA wrote:
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no need to be catty.
Catty?

It was nearly a Cat-astrophe!

“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Australia

#10 Jun 1, 2011
TBA wrote:
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no need to be catty.
Do Standing Orders contain an exclusion claws?
Elias

Brighton East, Australia

#11 Jun 1, 2011
BOSEY wrote:
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Catty?
It was nearly a Cat-astrophe!
Well that's certainly putting the cat among the pigeons!
TBA

Caringbah, Australia

#12 Jun 1, 2011
The ADELAIDEAN wrote:
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Do Standing Orders contain an exclusion claws?
No but I detect a pregant paws.
TBA

Caringbah, Australia

#13 Jun 1, 2011
BOSEY wrote:
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Catty?
It was nearly a Cat-astrophe!
worse- it was a cat-aclysm!

Since: Apr 11

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#14 Jun 1, 2011
TBA wrote:
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worse- it was a cat-aclysm!
You think it would start a catfight?

“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Australia

#15 Jun 1, 2011
TBA wrote:
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worse- it was a cat-aclysm!
It will go down in hisstory!
Ahomana

Australia

#16 Jun 1, 2011
The ADELAIDEAN wrote:
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I think your speculation is supported by the coverage given to the 'meow', to almost total exclusion of coverage given to business before the Senate Committee that day.
Which only a minority are concerned with...
Elias

Brighton East, Australia

#17 Jun 1, 2011
Everyone here is high on catnip
Boner Indian

Australia

#18 Jun 1, 2011
I am glad another woman is shown the way to kitchen and make her do what they are good at ::: making chapathis!!!
TBA

Caringbah, Australia

#19 Jun 1, 2011
Elias wrote:
Everyone here is high on catnip
your brain needs a cat scan.
Elias

Brighton East, Australia

#20 Jun 1, 2011
TBA wrote:
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your brain needs a cat scan.
Love to chat but I better Meow the lawn...

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