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What the housewives of Australia need to understand…

Posted by caitlinate on February 8, 2010

What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price and their own power bills when they switch the iron on are going to go up, every year….

Or so said Tony Abbott today.

Because the only people that do ironing are housewives. In case you aren’t down with the lingo: woman housewife to Tony Abbott means someone who should be patronised and deeply condescended to. Apparently, women housewives are the disinterested and dim members of our wider society, best appealed to using only small words and simple examples they can personally relate to. Women Housewives don’t know or care about anything to do with climate change. All they care about is the tiny realm of household tasks they exist within (because you can be sure he thinks it’s a tiny realm). Lucky that the Mad Monk is here to inform women housewives about the really key and pressing issues of the day! Cos, you know, women housewives don’t need or want to understand anything about polar ice caps melting, rising sea levels, the increased risk of drought, fire and floods posed by global warming, the way changing ecosystems threaten the survival of wildlife, or the effects of this on the (indigenous) people living in the pacific region. Shit, all that information might explode the tiny, tiny brains of women housewives.

Nor does Tony Abbott believe that housewives would be interested in questioning the validity of the Rudd government’s ETS scheme because it does little to secure investment in alternative or renewable energies (and thus, our futures) or because it clings deludedly to the idea of ‘clean coal’. Nope, they only care about their fucking ironing.

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