posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 07:55 AM
Australia's best known DJ, Alan Jones, has created a furious debate on sexual equality in Australia following his accusation that females in positions
of power were "destroying the joint".
He made the comment in response to the news that Prime minister Julia Gillard's government would be spending $A320m (£200m) promoting Pacific islands
women in business and politics.
"Women are destroying the joint," he said. "[Former state chief police commissioner] Christine Nixon in Melbourne, [Sydney lord mayor] Clover
Moore here. Honestly."
Previously, Jones has suggested Gillard be put in a sack and dropped out to sea.
A predicable storm of condemnation has arisen from those involved in the heavily taxpayer subsidized feminist industry.
Professor Paula McDonald, who specialises in workplace discrimination and gender harassment at Queensland University of Technology, said Jones's
comments were indicative of mainstream sexism in Australia.
"The pendulum has swung towards highly derogatory and hostile language against women and it is coming out much more overtly than it has done in the
past decade," she said.
Suzi Skinner, whose company, Roar People, specialises in women's leadership development, said Gillard was a target because she challenged leadership
"Leadership in Australia is still predominantly male," she said. "The political system is better than the corporate world, where less than 10% of
senior executives are women, but fundamentally Gillard is challenging a dominant male status quo."
Jones is perhaps going too far when he suggests that Prime Minster Gillard be put in a sack and dropped out to sea, but spending $A320m (£200m)
promoting Pacific islands women in business and politics does seem unfair and sexist against Pacific islands men who are receiving no such unexpected
The Australian taxpayer, both men and women, are paying for this leg up for Pacific islands women of course.
edit on 10-9-2012 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)