What signal does this send to people who have suffered a violent assault, or watched family members die as a result of a violent assault, particularly women. By ignoring all these threats (oh but they’re just jokes, metaphors, said in the heat of the moment), it sends the message that violence against women is ok.
Grahame Morris, Deputy Federal Director, Liberal Party, said on Sky
News that PM Gillard should be kicked to death.
Australians… ought to be kicking her to death. Grahame Morris (Sky News. 30 April 2012)
This is unacceptable. This is threatening language, this is violent language. And one day, some right-wing loser, alone in his bedroom, no girlfriend, blaming women for all his problems, will act on these repeated requests to assassinate the Prime Minister.
The silence among mainstream media would suggest they see nothing wrong with those comments, they don’t appear newsworthy. They silence reinforces the idea that violence against women is acceptable.
Is Tony Abbott, Murdoch Media and Reich-wing leaders so desperate for an election that this is the way they want one?
Here are more violent threats against the Prime Minister and other leading politicians, and, without a doubt, that list will grow as we get closer to an election:
The voters of Queensland, they won’t miss… this Prime Minister [Gillard] and this Leader of the House [Albanese] have got targets on their foreheads.
Their baseball bats aren’t there for Anna Bligh, they’re there for this Prime Minister
The Queensland Liberal Party, using a bullet riddled ALP flag during the most recent QLD election
Random right-wing supporter telling union leader, Paul Howes it was a
shame that it didn’t in response to Howes saying how easily something like a Breivik-terrorist attack could happen here, the man who killed 77 Labour people in Norway, many children included
Alan Jones (right wing radio talk back host) talking about Clover Moore of Sydney
put her in the same chaff bag as Julia Gillard and throw them both out to sea and in reference to Prime Minister Gillard again Jones said
quite frankly they should shove her and Bob Brown in a chaff bag and take them as far out to sea as they can and tell them to swim home, as well as the death threats against Julie Bishop.
Liberal MP, Michael Pengilly, telling a female Minister, that
you should be put down