In 2012, Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard galvanized the world when in a speech before Parliament she branded Opposition leader Tony Abbott a "misogynist". In response, Australian and US dictionaries updated the meaning of the word. Less than a year later, the "misogynist" was elected Australia's new Prime Minister. Just how accurate is the label?: this e-Book tells all!
Within a few days of his Sept. 7th, 2013 victory as Australia's new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott appointed his cabinet: all-male bar one woman. Australia now has fewer women in positions of political power than Afghanistan. And: the man who fought to prohibit abortion drugs, limit pregnancy counseling to Catholic moral centers and refused to endorse a sexual health campaign for women that led to decreases in cervical cancer made himself head of Women's Policies and Platforms in Australia.
Meticulously referenced with a cross-section of journalistic responses to the seminal Gillard speech, Australian Misogynist chronicles Tony Abbott's views, attitudes and behaviors towards women in the context of abortion rights, pregnancy counsel, and sexual health as they relate to Abbott's staunch Catholic morality. While "misogyny" may be the symptom, the consequence may very well be the end of all separation between Church and State in Australia, and the end of the nation's investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy!