The 10 Best Screenshots from Kevin Rudd’s Marriage Equality Smackdown

Last night on Q and A Kevin Rudd kicked arse and took names in response to a Pastor’s question on marriage equality. Watch the full video here. Enjoy these screenshots.

1. The first appearance of the Pastor’s stare.


2. This guy in the background laughing at the ridiculousness of what the Pastor is saying – ‘I just believe in what the Bible says’. Also, the Pastor’s stare again.


3. Kevin Rudd contemplating the ridiculousness of what the Pastor is saying.


4. Kevin Rudd leaning back just before he says ‘Well mate’ and unleashes – ‘If I was going to have that view the Bible also says that slavery was a natural condition’.


5. The moment the Pastor realises how ridiculous his argument is.


6. The Pastor realising how wrong he is. And having to stand there in all his wrongness.


7. The bit where Kevin Rudd says ‘for goodness sake’ when talking about how ridiculous the Pastor’s arguments are. Sometimes his gesticulating is ok.


8. The tweet. The face. That stare (again).


9. Kevin Rudd hitting it home. Marriage equality was something he’d considered in ‘good Christian conscience’. Also, that tweet.


10. Oh and here is the Pastor staring again, with an even better tweet.



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Welcome To the New Australian Normal

This has been an awful week for Australian politics. An awful week that follows an even more awful three years. In between the lacklustre debate happening between our major parties and the ongoing race to the bottom to ‘stop the boats’, the most newsworthy election topic has been a series of gaffes by the Opposition Leader.

Early last week Tony Abbott made the mistake of confusing the words ‘repository’ and ‘suppository’ when criticising Kevin Rudd’s use of notes in the leaders debate. The very next day, he referred to the ‘sex appeal’ of one of his candidates amongst other supposed compliments. This was followed by a radio interview in which he stated marriage equality was a ‘fashion of the moment’ and a ‘radical change’.

Not to be outdone, this morning he again put his foot in it. Following a female candidate’s answer at media conference, he said she was ‘not just a pretty face’.  Yes, this was the very same candidate he had earlier said had ‘sex appeal’.

For a man who knows how to stick to a script (‘Stop the Boats’, ‘Axe the Tax’), his comments this morning can only be read as being made deliberately. And hey, when he knew his ‘sex appeal’ comment had played well last week, why not try it again?

It might seem bizarre, but many Australians appear to be ok with a future Prime Minister commenting on a candidate’s ‘sex appeal’. The saddest part of this sorry saga is that this can be acceptable in 2013.

Abbott’s strategy may just be the natural end to three years of increasingly bitter political attacks. A political discourse that has been accepting of gendered attacks on the Prime Minister; where senior members of the Opposition can compare marriage equality with bestiality and senators can catcall the Finance Minister.

Or perhaps it has its genesis in a longer war. Where the Left has well and truly lost the Culture War: political incorrectness is ok and a potential Prime Minister can come to believe that sexist remarks aren’t just acceptable, they’re also election-winning strategies. Whatever the reason, we’re all losers.

When Julia Gillard asked Australians to look at her treatment as our first female Prime Minister in ‘sophisticated way’, it was perhaps right to think we might have a respite from the sexism that dogged her. Tony Abbott’s remarks this morning indicate the complete opposite. If anything, Gillard’s removal has only intensified the attack on women.

This is the real gender war. Like a gift from a distant relative that makes you cringe, Gillard and her remarks have been cast aside into the political abyss. With Abbott as Prime Minister, this is only likely to get worse.

Welcome then, to the new normal. Where basic equality for gay Australians is ‘radical’ and a ‘fashion of the moment’ and sexism is so acceptable that it can become an election-winning strategy.


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Tony Abbott and Barack Obama: The First Conversation

Given the increasing likelihood of Tony Abbott becoming Prime Minister, we’ve brought out the crystal ball to imagine the first conversation between the US President and the new PM, as Barrack Obama congratulates Abbott on his victory.

Tony Abbott: Good morning Mr. President.

Barrack Obama: Tony, congratulations on your victory!

T: Thanks, it was tough campaign, but we got there.

B: So what’s the first order of business?

T: Well we’re going to scrap the toxic tax.

B: You guys have a tax on toxins?

T: No, no. We’re going to stop the great big tax on everything.

B: You have a tax on everything?!

T: What I mean, Mr President, is that we’re going to scrap the carbon tax.

B: You’re going to stop action on climate change?

T: Not altogether, but as I did once say, ‘climate change is absolute crap’.

B: Crap? That seems a bit crazy?

T: Oh Barrack, it was just a bit of rhetorical hyperbole.

B: Rhetorical hyperbole? Ok. Was there something else you were going to stop?

T: The boats.

B: All of them?

T: Not all, just the ones with the illegal immigrants on them.

B: Are they the ones seeking asylum?

T: No, they’re the ones skipping the queue.

B: But they’re seeking asylum?

T: Yes.

B: That’s not actually illegal.

T: Semantics, Mr President, we’re going to stop the boats ok?

B: Sure, sure. In my view, I’ve always supported immigrants, if they succeed, you’ll create American businesses and American jobs. You’ll help us grow the economy and you’ll help strengthen the middle class.

T: Ok cool.

B: I hear your sister might want to get married?

T: Yes! Christine is great.

B: Beautiful. I assume you’ll change the law then? You’ll make marriage equality happen?

T: No.

B: So your own sister is in a long-term, committed same-sex relationship, but you wouldn’t let her get married if she wanted to?

T: No. It’s probably just a phase anyway. I mean, as I’ve said recently in relation to this issue, her wanting to get married is just the ‘fashion of the moment’. I mean, how would you treat these people?

B: Well, as I said recently, ‘we are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.’

T: Wow, what a very radical change.

B: Not really. Anyway, you’ve got three beautiful daughters. Are you planning any special changes for them?

T: Not really, no.

B: They must have a bright future in front of them?

T: Perhaps, but as I’ve said previously, ‘it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.’

B: Folly?

T: Yes, unfortunately.

B: I’ve always had the opposite view. As I once said ‘let us resolve to become a nation that values the contributions of our daughters as much as those of our sons, denies them no opportunity, and sets no limits on their dreams.’

T: Well it appears we’ll have to agree to disagree.

B: Sure. I hear there was some controversy when the former Prime Minister said she didn’t want abortion to become ‘the political plaything of men who think they know better’.

T: Yes, well at the time our party said we wouldn’t be making any changes to abortion laws.

B: Good to hear.

T: Yes, but as I have said in the past, ‘the problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience.’

B: A mother’s convenience?

T: Yes.

B: I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as anyone else’s sons.

T: Another radical opinion.

B: Not really, perhaps we’ll have to just agree to disagree again?

T: Sure.

B: Good luck anyway!

T: Thanks, talk soon.


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7 “Fashions of the Moment” More Radical Than Marriage Equality

This morning on radio Tony Abbott said that he is ‘not someone who wants to see radical change based on the fashion of the moment’ when talking about marriage equality. In light of the future Prime Minister’s quote, we thought it would be important to put his comments into perspective. Here we present seven fashions trends more radical than marriage equality.

1. Shoes Made From a Dead Animal


Think two men wanting to get married is crazy? TRY SHOES MADE FROM A DEAD ANIMAL.

2. The Face-Kini


Whilst two consenting adults wanting to commit to a life of happiness might seem BIZARRE, wearing a mask over your face for sun protection is probably going a bit too far.

3. A Bacon Bra


You thought two women walking down the aisle was too much to deal with? Try wearing a bacon bra and not getting hungry.

4. Teddy Bear Pants


You know what they say, ‘first you let the gays get married, THEN YOU GET MEN EVERYWHERE WEARING TEDDY BEARS ON THEIR PANTS’. These pants are probably a little more radical than marriage equality though.

5. Picnic Table Pants


Whilst these pants are clearly practical, they’re also a little more crazy than marriage equality.

6. A Shoe That Is Also a Boat


ALL ABOARD THE SS MARRIAGE EQUALITY: NEXT STOP THE END OF THE WORLD. I mean, that’s how outrageous marriage equality is right, Tony?

7. Diet Coke Hair Rollers


As a prominent supporter of marriage equality, I’m sure Lady Gaga would agree that using diet coke cans as hair rollers is probably a little more crazy than marriage equality.

Marriage equality isn’t a fashion trend Tony Abbott, and it’s not that radical.


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EXCLUSIVE: 6 Screenshots From the Subtitled Release of Game of Thrones








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10 Songs By Female Musicians That Should Be In Triple J’s Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years

The last time Triple J held a Hottest 100 of All Time, no female artist or band with a permanent female vocalist made the countdown. 100 songs and not one female in the entire list. Given the number of amazing and talented Australian and international female musicians, this is a pretty deplorable statistic.

In light of this, I’ve put together a list of my own favourite songs by female artists and female fronted bands that are more than worth voting for in the station’s upcoming Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years. As it turns out, the same list is almost identical to the list of my favourite songs, female or male, from the past 20 years.

Of course, this list is very far from exhaustive. Every day female artists release more and more brilliant songs. You don’t have to vote for all, or any of these songs, but hopefully you will be more keenly aware of the ongoing gap that exists between male and female musicians in modern independent music.

Beyonce – Crazy In Love

Missy Higgins – Scar

The Cranberries – Zombie

Missy Elliot – Get Ur Freak On

Robyn – Dancing On My Own

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

Bjork – Hyperballad

M.I.A – Paper Planes

Sarah Blasko – Don’t U Eva

The Knife – Heartbeats


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Sexism 101: An Observation of Tasmanian Parliament

Two days ago I spent 9 hours sitting in the speaker’s box in the Tasmanian lower house watching a debate on legislation that proposed the decriminalisation of abortion. The legislation is both controversial and sensitive and it will come as no surprise to any of you that I support it. During the debate, thanks to where I was sitting, I had a direct view of facial expressions and reactions, as well as being able to hear cross-floor conversations.

The proposed legislation would allow women equal rights under Tasmanian law, as terminations are the only health procedure covered under the criminal code. Prior to the debate I expected some of the more conservative politicians not to understand this and I expected them to offend me. What I did not expect was to see members of the parliament, specifically from the Tasmanian Liberal Party, be blatantly sexist during the entirety of the debate.

I find it no coincidence that under the leadership of women, the most progressive legislation in Tasmanian history has been introduced into the parliament. I also find it no coincidence that overwhelmingly, conservative men oppose and undermine it. These are men who tick all the boxes; white, privileged, older, overtly religious – the stereotype seems to be so often true.

It began when member for Lyons, Rebecca White, stood to speak for the bill. Bec is a popular, intelligent and strong female presence in the parliament. She is also young, in her first term, incredibly well dressed and attractive. Can you guess what comes next?

As she spoke Misogynist #1* turns to his parliamentary colleagues and starts having seemingly irrelevant and certainly not urgent conversations, loudly. He also mumbles objections, loudly. At this stage I wasn’t sure if what I was watching was blatant sexism, but then he sealed the deal. He pulls out a laptop, sits it (appropriately) on his lap, thrusting it open so it makes a loud bang against he desk and then closes it not long after. There is no doubt in my mind that it was intentional. One of Bec’s staffers begins to fume, I look at her and she says, ‘He always does this’.

Next, his sidekick Misogynist #2** picks up his water glass. Does he take a sip? Is he, as you would expect, thirsty? No. He picks it up only to move it across his desk and slam it down noisily and again, in the middle of Bec’s contribution. This is also the man who thinks that if we decriminalise abortion women will not hesitate to demand abortions up to 9 months, committing a, “terrible assault on the unborn”. This is a blatant misrepresentation of the legislation.

From that point onward, any female MP in the Green or Labor party had to endure the same treatment. Admittedly, Misogynist #1 was rude to males but the tone and persistence was different. Furthermore, the men he heckled responded and it was clear it was some kind of macho-off or power struggle. When the females spoke they turned away from him and did their best to hide their frustration.

Some people will tell me that this is just how these men do politics, that it’s their style. My response: that doesn’t mean it’s not sexist and I believe our society is too apologetic of such behaviour.

I left the parliament with incredibly mixed reactions, the bill had passed, now making its way to the upper house and on the other hand, I had watched our top political institution demonstrate it wasn’t ready to treat me as an equal. Reactions to my comments on Twitter and conversations with other women who were there only seem to confirm my observations and their frustration and weariness of such treatment was clear.

This is why our Prime Minister still needs to make speeches about misogyny.
This is why it’s OK to still call men out for sexism, you’re not overreacting.
This is why we need to decriminalise abortion; because a political environment such as the one I described proves current legislation is an insult to the idea of gender equality.
This is why we still need feminism.


* Rene Hidding, Member for Lyons
** Michael Ferguson, Member for Bass

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