Well, that’s according to the Sydney Morning Herald today: Labor women’s lot: now clean up the mess:
REFLECTING on Kristina Keneally’s ascension to the premiership, a senior Labor figure yesterday summed up the party’s attitude to female leaders: ”The Labor Party are arseholes. We get ourselves into trouble and then we try to use women to get ourselves out of it.”
Labor has a history over the past 20 years of abruptly installing female premiers to act as circuit-breakers in a crisis, plastering the illusion of a fresh face on a tired and unpopular government. But voters see through the ploy, and ultimately good candidates are sacrificed in the subsequent electoral drubbing meted out to Labor.
Perhaps a better headline would have been ‘Labor women’s lot: it’s up to you to save us’. Anything would be better than a reference to housework.