One would have thought that the issue of harassment of woman in the workplace was something the Minister of Women’s Affairs Louise Upston would have an opinion on.
Sadly it seems when it is the Prime Minister doing the harassing the Minister has nothing to say…
we have a Minister for Women, Louise Upston, who’s contribution to the cause of women this week was to tell them that if they were harassed, they should speak up for themselves. In the same breath, she said through pursed lips that the Prime Minister had apologised for his frankly infantile behaviour towards a young waitress at a Parnell cafe and “that was the end of the matter”. Oh, jolly good then.
…so as long as the bully is powerful, says sorry with two bottles of wine, that’s the end of the matter? 7 months of harassment, and as long as you’ve said sorry with alcohol it’s all ok now? This is the Minister of Women’s Affairs saying women should speak up, but when they do they get victim blamed and vilified in the mainstream media but alls forgiven if the bully says sorry with booze.
Refusing to call yourself a feminist while singing the praises of beauty pageants is one thing, but not calling the PM on his behaviour undermines the position of Minister of Women’s Affairs.