Friday, June 03, 2011

Miaow

Most people in the world I would not take on physically. I am a whimp. Intellectually, there are many superior to me. Mentally, I can probably hold my own against most people. One person I would not take on physically, intellectually or mentally is Senator Penny Wong.

No one could refute that it is hard for women in politics. They are scrutinised so much more than men and held to higher standards. Women only really succeed in politics by their brains.

Senator Wong has the lot I reckon. Physical, mental and intellectual. Be afraid boys be very afraid. Upset her, and you will not come out of it looking good.

In spite of me being disappointed in her for towing the party line over many matters, including gay marriage, which I don't care two hoots about personally, but many of my ilk do, I think she is future PM material.

I have no reason to doubt that she is also quite charming. Politicians need the charming ability too. But riled, she can turn like a mangy dog. Is she representative of Adelaide women? Should I be afraid to visit Adelaide? Take a look if you haven't seen it all ready. It is so passe to say so, but go girl.


18 comments:

  1. She's got bigger balls than some of those 'blokes'.

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  2. Don't get too far ahead of yourself Andrew...we only just elected our first female PM. And as much as I would like to be wrong here, I don't think Australia is quite progressive enough to have someone like Penny Wong as a PM anytime in the near future.

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  3. he is a twunt for his behaviour, but are not they all?
    Ms Wongs backbencher exposed texting her way through her work day. maybe reading blogs on her Bleckbarry.

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  4. Fearsome Jayne.

    What is it about her that might stop her being PM AdRad? Being an Asian born dyke? Is that worse than a Welsh born red(grey) head with a broad Aus accent who lives in sin with her partner? Is it worse than Howard, a man of no substance and no style whatsoever?

    Ann, they all play with their phones. I don't blame. Parliament is mostly boring as bat shite.

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  5. And Ann, it keeps them awake!

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  6. I guess as a non-caucasian, I am cynical that it will happen anytime soon.

    I work in an environment (and in a profession) dominated by white, middle-aged men. People have told me to row back to my own country (even though I came to Australia when I was six and have lived here most of my life). And my youngest sister (born at the Canberra hospital) still gets asked where she is from.

    True, these experiences don't occur very frequently and I do believe one day that sex, race and sexual orientation will not affect who gets to become PM. But one day. Not now.

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  7. Wong is awesome!

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  8. Yeah Ad Rad. I learnt about this all along time ago. My friend from years ago, a pale and handsome anglo indian who went to the poshest private school in Calcutta and spoke with an English accent was called a black c***. I pretended I did not hear, but so many times I have thought about it. I really do have an understanding. I like to have a slightly greater faith in my fellow long time immigrants to Australia. Once you speak with an Aussie accent, the battle is more than won. I stopped asking foreign looking people where they came from a long time ago. I realised they get sick of the question. It is even more inappropriate now as so many of us have Asian heritage. Oddly or not, my curiosity is usually sated because they say it themselves eventually. I have had my fair share in real life of homophobic comments. You get a double dose. But truly, I really don't think your general many generation Aussie sees Ms Wong as being Asian first. And the generation you talk of it is not the modern generation who have grown up with Asian heritage people.

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  9. Feh, I hope you don't want to go the munch.

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  10. I have to admit I haven't taken much notice of Penny Wong. Or any other politician for that matter.
    Maybe I should? Meh.

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  11. So River, you would happily wear the label as politically ignorant? I can't help myself, but at times I wish I knew nothing.

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  12. I think she might be good as Prime Minister. But I think that video is a bit offensive to cats.

    Seriously though... I can see why it might be seen as sexist by some people...especially if they don't like cats.

    I love cats, and I do think there is a female-feline connection. When a woman gets mad and snaps at someone, I do sometimes think of a cat hissing or meowing. I don't think of it as negative though...more like female power.

    I would also think whether...whether male or female...if someone expressed anger in Parliament, it would illicit some reaction. Meowing, eye-rolling, whispers, interruptions, etc.

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  13. Dina, the Senate, where Wong sits, is usually quite dignified, not so the House of Reps. But I think the footage was at a committee meeting.

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  14. What nonsense. Men's hands are tied when dealing with women in public. Intellectually or any other way, the average bloke on a level field would chew her up and spit her out.

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  15. Bring back Paul Keating! he could take the skin off anyone, male female black, white or brindle, straight, gay or not interested or not interesting and do it with a Bankstown flair and do it cleverly - mocking the bejesus out of all and sundry - what a sensitive lot of seat shining bastards we have in Parliament today - everyone trying to find some angle of Political correctness with which to get themselves on the front page. Not a one of them in there gives a rats arse about anything but their reflection in the mirror of the media and the pension and favours at the end. I am going to find some of the Master Paul's vitriol and post it to remind us that once we were funny in Parliament now we are just ineffectual and shallow

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  16. I can't agree Ken. I think she is a pretty tough cookie.

    MC, there was much about Keating I didn't like it, but I did like his sharp tongue. Love to be reminded of some of it.

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  17. Feh? lol
    No, no munching Wong's rug.

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  18. Feh, I musta been drunk.

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