In what can be described as not an uncharaterstic outburst, opposition frontbencher Tony Abbott earlier this week branded Kevin Rudd as “the worst parliamentary performer as Prime Minister since Billy McMahon.”
Widely reported in the mainstream media, Mr Abbott was on the attack over Mr Rudd’s parliamentary style.
“The guy is a toxic bore in the Parliament, and thank God you [Labor] have got [Julia] Gillard there,” he said.
In Parliament yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Ms Gillard described Mr Abbott as a Cold Chisel-loving, macho man with the tenacity of a doberman, in a comical attempt to put down the new leader of Opposition business Christopher Pyne.
“In a choice between macho and mincing I would have gone for macho myself,” she said.
“Obviously the Leader of the Opposition, faced with the choice of a doberman or a poodle, has gone for the poodle.”
National Party senator Barnaby Joyce says Ms Gillard’s remarks have crossed the line.
Senator Joyce says if a member of the Opposition had made such a remark, there would have been public outrage.
“When you start comparing people to animals and dogs, and you know exactly the metaphor you’re using, and you know how it’s read, and you deal with that smirk on your face, then you’ve crossed the line,” he said.
“You know full well you’d feel terribly hurt and insulted if the same accusations and the same sort of insult was cast back in your way.”
Who would’ve thought that Parliament or indeed the media would become a forum or mechanism for politicians to exchange personal insults?
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