Fine Line

It’s not breaking news that Scott Morrison has trouble with women. His “woman problem” was one factor in his election defeat.

But really, his treatment this week of Karen Andrews, his former home affairs minister, was particularly gratuitous.

 Grattan wasn’t outraged: Labor’s treatment of Kimberley Kitching – ‘tough politics’ or ‘bullying’?

There have been calls for Albanese to launch an inquiry into the allegations. With the alleged victim dead, it is hard to see what this could achieve. And that’s leaving aside the political considerations, when Labor is weeks from the election.

There’s no doubt Kitching was subjected to harsh treatment by her party. Whether this is judged as “tough politics” or “bullying” is more complex, depending on who is doing the judging. It can be a fine, albeit very important, line between the two.

Andrews is throwing a tanty because Scott Morrison rightly made himself an emergency sub in the event of her falling ill during what some regarded as a deadly pandemic. Kitching, by contrast, was mauled by colleagues because she liked to think for herself. Grattan’s ‘too close to call’ indifference to the personal viciousness in the latter scandal is risible, her caricature of a happily married father of two daughters as notorious for having “trouble with women” disgraceful.

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18 Responses to Fine Line

  1. Lee says:

    “It’s okay when we [the left] do it!”

  2. Boambee John says:

    There have been calls for Albanese to launch an inquiry into the allegations. With the alleged victim dead, it is hard to see what this could achieve. And that’s leaving aside the political considerations, when Labor is weeks from the election.

    Strangely, AnAl and Grattan seemed to take a different position in relation to the alleged “victim” of Porter’s alleged teenage amours.

  3. Baba says:

    Rising octogenarian Michelle Grattan selflessly carries the weight of Australian democracy on her shoulders and all you can do is bag her.

  4. C.L. says:

    Have you noticed that now Labor is in office, Grattan, Tingle, Murpharoo, Maiden and all the other ladies now see their job as keeping the Opposition honest?

  5. Lee says:

    Well the ABC and other left wing media have been “holding the government to account” for the last nine years, C.L.; it’s only fair that they now hold the Opposition to account instead!

  6. C.L. says:

    You’re right, Lee. I didn’t look at it that way.

    Apologies, ladies. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  7. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Have you noticed that now Labor is in office, Grattan, Tingle, Murpharoo, Maiden and all the other ladies now see their job as keeping the Opposition honest?”

    Ah yes. Yesterday on a morning show, Albanese snapped at a woman asking him a question. But you won’t read about this on the ABC, or in the Guardian or Nine Newspapers. Just imagine if this had been Morrison, the ABC would have led the evening news with it.

    But seriously, do I feel sorry for the Liberals? Nope, why should I? All they do is finance their ideological enemies. Earlier this year the Coalition government threw yet more money at their ABC, and back in September 2015 they elected a faux Liberal who, it later emerged, funded the establishment in this country of the most left-wing media outlet on the planet….The Guardian.

    You reap what you sow.

  8. cuckoo says:

    His “woman problem” was one factor in his election defeat.

    Fiction dished up as history. And I say that as someone who has no time for Morrison.

  9. Twostix says:

    Every politician these bitter spinsters are told by the men that run Labor are the enemy has “a woman problem”.

    Truly if the coven of twisted spinsters in the press gallery (all definitionally weird outcasts) don’t have a problem with you as a man, there’s something wrong with you.

  10. C.L. says:

    Strange how we never hear anything about why Albanese was dumped by his wife.

    Just up and left at Christmas. Couldn’t wait to skedaddle.

  11. Not Trampis says:

    I find it strange actually I don’t that CL and other deplorables can throw around bullying allegations but cannot enunciate what the allegations about Kitching were.
    Let’s see she was taken off the tactics committee when a government minister of the day told parliament she had been told what the ALP tactics would be. Hmm untrustworthy.
    She was taken off asking question in the senate.
    Neither involve bullying. Indeed since this also happened to Kim Carr was he ‘bullied; as well. Yes it does get that silly.
    I do note Bill Shorten, Kitching great promoter said no bullying took place.

    There were high hopes she would turn into a female Robert Ray.
    Alas no indeed her very last question at senate committees was an embarrassment.

    Kitching was a tough operator. Alas her ability just did not match her ambition.

  12. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    IIRC, she made the claim. But what would she know?

    You are still finding excuses for leftist behaviour every day, as usual.

    Utterly deplorable.

  13. Not Trampis says:

    see even a primary school drop out cannot say what the bullying allegations were .
    Stupid is as stupid does.
    Talking of stupid, why did Linda Reynolds essentially out Kitching as her mole in the ALP.

  14. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    Why should I bother? You are far too arrogant and stupid to believe anything I say in reply to you anyway.

    What a Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Tango Whiskey India Tango.

  15. Entropy says:

    Kitching detailed her treatment NT. That you try that dissemblage on just for kicks is utterly contemptible.

  16. Boambee John says:

    Entropy

    Non Mentis is utterly contemptible.

  17. Lee says:

    But seriously, do I feel sorry for the Liberals? Nope, why should I? All they do is finance their ideological enemies. Earlier this year the Coalition government threw yet more money at their ABC, and back in September 2015 they elected a faux Liberal who, it later emerged, funded the establishment in this country of the most left-wing media outlet on the planet….The Guardian.

    And yet that “faux Liberal” (along with arguably the equally execrable and very disloyal Kean) is still in the party, while Bernie Finn, for his courageous personal stance is booted out.

  18. Morsie says:

    Say the libs have a woman problem enough times and it becomes conventional wisdom in the MSM

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