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Last updated on July 26th, 2017 at 12:23 pm
Why is Brogden pilloried and his career destroyed amid media frenzy over “sexist” and “racist” behaviour in August 2005, yet Hawke’s outrageous “sexist” and “racist” ridicule of the prime minister of the world’s most populous democracy attracts neither media lynch mob nor any hint of political “disgrace” in July 1981?
Simple. Ignorant, racist indifference and a very protective press corps, is why … although the function was taped and reporters were present, the Hawke “joke” never made it into the press. Not a word.
Agreed; the double standards evident here are terrible. Meanwhile, recent Ramsey columns have been very protective towards Ramsey’s political allies Robin Gollan and Gough Whitlam. Not a word, eh, Al?