Saturday 24 March 2018

PM outraged over 'sexist' menu stunt

Kathy Marks Sydney

AUSTRALIA'S prime minister, Julia Gillard has condemned a "grossly sexist and offensive menu" containing crude references to her physique.

The menu, prepared for a Liberal fundraising event in March, featured a dish called "Julia Gillard Kentucky fried quail – small breasts, huge thighs and a big red box".

Although senior Liberals distanced themselves from the stunt yesterday, it was a setback for a party whose leader, Tony Abbott, has faced allegations of misogyny.

Details of the menu emerged after Ms Gillard – whose Labour government is facing a crushing defeat at an election in September, according to opinion polls – warned that if the Australian public elected the conservative Liberals, it would have the effect of "once again, banish[ing] women's voices from our political life".

The menu came to light after a member of staff at the Brisbane restaurant posted it on his Facebook page.

Restaurant owner Joe Richards said that he had created the menu as "an in-house joke" and that it was not distributed to guests.

Irish Independent

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