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Cat-calls land Australian politician in doghouse

Bonnie Malkin in Sydney

Published 02/06/2011 | 05:00

An Australian politician has apologised after he was caught making cat noises at a female colleague during a parliamentary committee hearing.

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David Bushby, a member of the opposition, said "miaow" during a debate with Penny Wong, a Labour senator.

Ms Wong turned to him and said: "Blokes are allowed to yell but if a woman stands her ground, you want to make that kind of comment. It's schoolyard politics."

Ms Wong's colleagues criticised Mr Bushby for being misogynistic, and his own party members distanced themselves from the comment. Tanya Plibersek, the minister for human services, accused Mr Bushby of sexism.

Initially, Mr Bushby defended himself saying Miss Wong was acting like an angry cat, but he later issued an apology. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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