Posted by: Gregoryno6 | June 16, 2013

Jooolya and the Great Big Menu Bomb. The epilogue.

A bizarre speech hits the floor with a leaden thud; to distract from its failure, a sensationalised non-story. At least the Army emails scandal was a genuine issue and worthy of investigation. It wasn’t a story in which the government could implicate Tony Abbott but it did offer Jooolya an escape from the menu farce.

It seemed by Thursday that the ballooning insanity of Tuesday and Wednesday had passed and relative stability resumed. Jooolya came to Perth to be interviewed by Ben Elton. A crap writer and a crap politician, together in the same room. Pity someone didn’t lock the door and board up the windows. If they had, Howard Sattler might still be working for 6PR.

A little background. Howard Sattler has been a radio personality in Perth for longer than anyone cares to remember. I don’t believe I’ve ever listened to his program for more than a few minutes, and only then by accident – Matt Hayden discusses him here. Sattler invited Jooolya into the studio Friday afternoon and began with a few comments about the earlier events of the week. Suddenly he veered off with questions about Jooolya’s male partner.

From The West Australian:

He then asked if he could put rumours to her about her partner Tim Mathieson’s sexual orientation.
Ms Gillard said the rumours were “absurd”.
“But you hear it, he must be gay. He’s a hairdresser,” Sattler said.
Ms Gillard replied: “To all the hairdressers out there, including the men who are listening, I don’t think in life one can actually look at a whole profession full of different human beings and say, ‘Gee, we know something about every one of those human beings’. I mean it’s absurd, isn’t it?”
Sattler: “You can confirm that he’s not?”
Gillard: “Oh, Howard, don’t be ridiculous. Of course not.”

By day’s end, station management had told Sattler to pack his bags. Sattler has stated that he will sue.

Sattler’s sacking was Jooolya’s lone comfort this past week. Notwithstanding his pursuit of an irrelevant question, it was more than she deserved. A doomed figure in desperate need of a clue, blundering through one self-created crisis after another. In parliament the pro-Rudd factions are agitating anew. Rudd has stated that he will not challenge again but continues to tempt assumptions. His loyalty to Jooolya may not be one hundred percent airtight.

And in the midst of all the posturing over women’s issues, this story continues to go unnoticed.


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