Oh Tony, what were you thinking? You naughty boy. Talking about how sexy your candidates are? Come on buddy, was that really the first adjective that sprung to mind ahead of intelligence or competence of your electoral candidate? The thing about Tony is that he is a ‘man of a certain age’ who thinks complementing women on their sex-appeal will flatter them. He is a product of his generation. When Tony was propping up the bar at Uni, that kind of line probably got women into bed. However coming from a married man in his fifties with three daughters, it’s less than ideal and not exactly in keeping with someone who wants to be PM.
Having said that, we’ve all messed up from time to time – it happens. I don’t think it’s a hanging offence. Surely Australia’s women won’t base their entire political decision-making on an ill-advised gaffe. Maybe we all need to lighten up.
There will be more to come in the next few weeks that’s for sure.