Every single case cited has a woman playing the victim

Queensland politicians call for end to insults, but how long will the civility last?

Julia Gillard pioneered the ‘misogyny’ shield in politics but the female politicians of Queensland have perfected the art. When they’re not being nasty, they’re on a chair screaming about murine ‘insults.’

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad was in the cross-hairs of Opposition scrutiny throughout the year, but lodged an official complaint after Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mander, likened her to former dictator Saddam Hussein’s propaganda chief.

Mr Mander was criticising the Treasurer about the state’s finances, when he quipped “after hearing the Treasurer’s ministerial statement this morning, I can’t think of anybody else, any other title to call her other than the Comical Ali of the Queensland Parliament.”

Comical Ali was the nickname of Iraq’s spin doctor Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf.

Ms Trad, who is of Middle Eastern origin, labelled the comments as racist and said she found them “deeply alarming and personally offensive.”

Labor has also made some questionable comparisons for elected representatives.

In 2018, Infrastructure Minister Cameron Dick likened Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Ms Frecklington responded to the jibe by saying: “I get comments thrown at me by the Labor Party each and every day, I’ve chosen to rise above it.”

This type of behaviour is, unfortunately, nothing new.

Over the years our state MPs have not dealt with each other in the most respectful of ways.

In 2015, Everton MP Tim Mander (now the Deputy Opposition Leader) had to apologise to Parliament, after calling Kate Jones a “nitwit”.

Politics in the Sunshine State has become as oestrogen-drenched and bitchy as a girls’ boarding school. More seriously, holding female politicians accountable – when they jump up on that chair and start yelling “racist” and “sexist” (while waiting for the media to manfully chase away, not ask, the questions) – is becoming rare. Unless, of course, the female politicians are members of the LNP.

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12 Responses to Every single case cited has a woman playing the victim

  1. 59096

    I didn’t realise she was of middle eastern descent. Helps explain a lot!

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Femme fatale

    A femme fatale (/ˌfæm fəˈtɑːl/ or /ˌfɛm fəˈtɑːl/; French: [fam fatal]), sometimes called a maneater[1] or vamp, is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archetype of literature and art. Her ability to enchant, entice and hypnotize her victim with a spell was in the earliest stories seen as being literally supernatural; hence, the femme fatale today is still often described as having a power akin to an enchantress, seductress, vampire, witch, or demon, having power over men.

    It’s a mystery how such a meme might’ve eventuated in human culture. Who’d a thunk it?

  3. a happy little debunker

    Helen was always Reddy to declare ‘I am woman hear me roar’ – rather than the most current practice of “I am woman hear me bore’ &’ I am woman hear my lore’.

    I rather like all the so called ‘Second wave feminists’ (like Greer & Simone de Beauvoir), because they thought they could do (just about) anything any man could.
    These post modern, narrative wielding 3rd wave feminists – not so much, because they can’t.

  4. tombell

    ain’t equality grand… particularly when it’s not equal.

  5. Shy Ted

    Easily solved. Continue the parliament but pay no-one until the matter is resolved.

  6. Dianeh

    FFS. There is nothing racist about attacking a person over the propaganda they spout.

    Jackie is just trying to deflect attention from her underhanded and unethical actions.

  7. Old Lefty

    And the same Trad who deploys p3d0 smears against Catholics with gay abandon. That, after all, is now the one licit form of bigotry.

    None of them has Fred Daly’s wit. When Daly interjected that a Country Party member holding forth about the wool industry has the brains of a sheep, the Speaker naturally ordered him to withdraw. Said Daly, ‘Yes Mr Speaker, I withdraw that remark unreservedly. The honorable member has not got the brains of a sheep.’

  8. Jim of Wollombi

    No, not quite correct.

    The chemical person was actually called ‘Chemical Ali’ which is a long way from ‘Comical Ali’. He received his nickname because he was responsible for mixing the chemicals which the regime used against its citizens.

    His name was Ali Hassan al-Majid. He was a Ba’athist Iraqi Defense Minister and commander; first cousin of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. He died in 2010. There are several versions of the cause of death ranging from death during enemy attack to the true explanation which is being sentenced to death by hanging by the judicial system of Iraq. See

    One is that

  9. stackja

    ALP have different rules.
    MSM also have different rules, depending on who supposedly did what. Gillard has never needed to explain many matters.

  10. Lee

    Of course, a conservative or right wing woman, far from being allowed to play the “victim card”, is considered fair game for the most vociferous, vile attack by the left.

  11. mundi

    In QLD we have no senate, so the opposition literally does nothing. There only job is to get their names in news any way possible.

  12. PB

    The Vagocracy in action. No vote should ever be thrown away on a female candidate. No exceptions. The risk to the Nation is simply too great.

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