I’ve watched this about six times. It’s 15 minutes long. I’ll keep watching this at least once a day for the next week. I’m astounded, and even wept a little bit – I’ll own that.
This isn’t about Peter Slipper. This isn’t about Tony Abbott. To me it’s not even about playing political games. To me this speech represented a woman in power choosing the right moment to stand up for herself, and therefore the women of the country she represents, to demand respect. She’s not actually even demanding. She finally doesn’t need to. She stood up and shone the spotlight on sexism and misogyny in Australia, and more so in Australian Parliament, and that was enough. Our Prime Minister just showed us How To Be A Woman In Australian Politics.
I think this speech is a game changer. I think this is her legacy.
It’s been a somewhat disappointing government so far, but if this is any indication of what’s to come, I’m staying tuned.