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"Women are destroying the joint," he said. "[Former state chief police commissioner] Christine Nixon in Melbourne, [Sydney lord mayor] Clover Moore here. Honestly."
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 norms.
"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."