Keith Duncan, Pimlico
After the tumultuous events of the past weeks regarding alleged sexual assaults within the Liberal Party and the sanctity of Parliament House, to say Australians are feeling completely ‘over it’ and angry would be an understatement.
Our hearts go out to all those brave women who’ve had the courage to speak out, including Liberal MPs like our gutsy local State MLC, Catherine Cusack.
These women say they have had enough of the ‘big swinging dicks’ mentality of many male Liberal MPs.
Over the years the ALP has not been entirely free of sexual harassment allegations, but to their credit in 1994 introduced an ‘affirmative action policy’ that has directly led to almost 50 per cent of their MPs being female – and a vast reduction in sexual harassment allegations. Whereas the Liberal right-wing ‘old boys club’ has blindly blundered along with business as usual.
But really, what will become of our great leader, ‘Scotty from gimmickry’? His appalling handling of the whole affair probably reached even a lower point than the infamous Hawaiian escape when Australia was burning.
His efforts to show empathy towards sexual assault survivors were more transparent than his glass jaw; immediately going straight into management mode, digging a massive hole for himself and his Government that he does not deserve to climb from.