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Try to wrap your mind around it: Scott Morrison apparently apologising to women while launching a coded attack on the journalist who broke the Brittany Higgins story. We need to start with the latest s from our Guardian Essential poll.
If we dive deeper into the data, the gender gap becomes even more pronounced. Peter Lewis, the executive director of Essential, brought my attention to these trends late in the week after the data guys completed a few more cross tabulations. Now before you pour yourself a breakfast martini to dull the sting of that bit of news, some quick caveats. When we drill this far down into the data, we are dealing with small sample sizes, so perhaps this is just static. Still, as I explained last weekendMorrison is acting like a leader who believes he can plot a way through this crisis.
Objectively, these have been bad weeks for Morrison, and the botched rollout of the Covid vaccine is creating yet more noise. Perhaps this extraordinary confidence, this sense of impregnability, explains how it came to pass that Morrison could, reportedly, stand up at a press conference ostensibly about apologising for being a dunderhead about the Higgins matter, while launching a coded attack on the journalist who broke the story, Samantha Maiden of news.
It seemed, well … crazy. But Aaron Patrick of the Australian Financial Review reported this as fact in a controversial piece published this week. Patrick reported that Morrison who later apologised believed at the time he was referring to an incident involving Maiden.
So just wrap your mind around that for a minute or two. That kind of behaviour, jangling spurs, fingers on triggers, would generally be considered more at home in a dusty saloon in a John Ford western than in the Blue Room of the Australian parliament. If Morrison acted in this way, either out of excessive confidence or a temporary loss of equanimity, what did the prime minister imagine was going to happen next? That Maiden would somehow become the story?
That everyone would back off? Now to the broader controversy I referenced just before. As well as recounting the events of the last week, Patrick made a of declarations in his piece. I was one of the reporters name-checked in this particular category.
Karen Middleton, who these days writes for the Saturday Paper, was also on the list. I make them because they are factual.
Women need the support of men to fix this problem. We need this to be what it is: a human problem, one we all own. Given the readership of the Financial Review will be highly attuned to this point, because, thus far, the corporate sector has moved faster than the parliament to grapple with toxic workplaces, why would a reporter and an editor promulgate sexist stereotypes? Was the provocation deliberate, striking a blow in the outrage economy, or was it just plain lazy? Others can determine whether or not I exhibit leadership or not, but the fact is I have worked on this beat since I arrive early and I leave late.
Tingle and Middleton have been on this beat longer than me, moving seamlessly across platforms, reporting with great authority and insight. Middleton and I have been awarded honorary doctorates. Everyone can remain calm. Katharine Murphy on politics Scott Morrison. This article is more than 6 months old. Katharine Murphy. A deeper dive into the Essential poll data suggests an even more pronounced gender gap — approval for Scott Morrison increasing among men aged Fri 2 Apr .
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