This week’s news story about Liberal senator David Bushby’s cat call to Finance Minister Penny Wong during a parliamentary hearing sparked controversy, but also posed problems for radio news readers on how to report the story. Here’s how one SEN news reader handled it.
The episode came after Wong angrily told Bushby to stop interrupting her. Describing the cat call as “schoolyard politics,” Wong accused Bushby of a double standard where “the blokes are allowed to yell, but if a woman stands her ground you want to make that kind of comment.”
Senator Bushby apologised to Senator Wong but his actions ignited a sexism row, with Labor accusing the Coalition of feral behaviour and Tony Abbott of leading a party of sexist “goons.”