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Voting for Gladys Berejiklian is not a feminist act

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22.03.2019

“As a feminist I’m voting for Gladys,” a (male) friend posted. He was being provocative, of course, but it’s an interesting point. Is voting for a woman an inherently feminist act? Should women feel some moral loyalty to Gladys, even if they repudiate her politics? If not, why not?

Everywhere you look these days – from Michael Daley’s electrifying run-in with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust to George Pell’s establishment defenders to the murder of Muslim worshippers in Christchurch – the white male club is flexing its muscles. Sometimes this reads as a strengthening of the stranglehold, other times as a desperate clawback against slippage; rear-guard for the club. Probably, in truth, it’s both.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian faces the people today.Credit:AAP

Sydney is intensely clubby. I know that’s not the official line. We tell the world we’re an egalitarian, welcoming fair-go kinda culture, where success reflects merit and where the beach oh my god how many thousands of throw-up times have I heard this? – where the beach is the great leveller. Yet all the while the red coats are in charge, lined up shoulder-to-shoulder along every view and coastline, sniggering behind their champagne flutes, passing the board possies and sinecures around with the cigars.

Yes, yes. I’m a foreigner. A kiwi. And I’m sorry to point this out but the difference becomes especially stark when comparing leaders. Scott Morrison’s fudging talk, after the Christchurch shootings, of how major immigration reduction isn’t xenophobic but about “traffic jams and population pressures” seems frankly pathetic when compared with Jacinda Ardern’s........

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