Blue-tie brigade creates a stir on social media

Blue tie man from way back … Kevin Rudd speaks to the media in March. Photo: Zoe HinchliffePM targets ‘men in blue ties’

The humble blue neck tie has enjoyed a rare moment in the spotlight, thanks to comments by Julia Gillard that have caused a stir on social media.

The Prime Minister caused controversy on Tuesday when she attempted to put gender at the centre of the election by suggesting women would be marginalised under an Abbott government of men who wear blue ties.

“A prime minister – a man in a blue tie – who goes on holidays to be replaced by a man in a blue tie. A treasurer, who delivers a budget wearing a blue tie, to be supported by a finance minister – another man in a blue tie. Women once again banished from the centre of Australia’s political life,” she told the “Women for Gillard” event in Sydney.

Feminists and politicians on both sides of the political divide were left scratching their heads on Wednesday.

Liberal MP Scott Morrison quickly pointed out that two left-leaning international politicians – US President Barack Obama and former British PM Gordon Brown – were partial to a blue tie.

Pictures of Kevin Rudd, resplendent in a royal blue number while on the hustings in Hurstville, were also doing the rounds on Twitter.

Nice blue tie. MT @mwhitbourn: Kevin Rudd working the mandarin in Hurstville shopping strip. He’s just here to help/ twitter杭州夜网m/MWhitbourn/sta…— James Massola (@jamesmassola) June 12, 2013

Federal Schools Minister Peter Garrett appeared on ABC TV on Wednesday morning to talk about being locked out of a Queensland school. He was sporting a blue tie.

Moments later, Federal Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten held a press conference in Sydney on a world-first insurance tracker.

He, too, was displaying a blue tie, albeit a navy number with a pink stripe.

There were also bizarre scenes at a Sydney craft show where media representatives attempted to ask Tony Abbott’s wife, Margie Abbott, for her thoughts on the blue tie.

Security quickly ushered her away but she was able to confirm that the Opposition Leader did indeed love a blue tie.

How security and minders stopped Tony Abbott’s wife Margie answering Q’s about the PM and blue ties. Odd. #auspoltwitter杭州夜网m/SarahHarrisNew…— Sarah Harris (@SarahHarrisNews) June 12, 2013

Liberal MP Alex Hawke had a novel suggestion for the government: issue all Labor MPs with olive green “Plain Paper Packaging Ties” to show their support for the Prime Minister.

“Blue Tie mate, another bad career move,” he tweeted at Labor MP Ed Husic.

“You really should get the olive green plain paper packaging tie, I’m sure that would see you on the front bench in this regime.”

All male Labor MP’s will be issued the Olive Green ‘Plain Paper Packaging Tie’ to show their support for the PM. #auspol#thedearleader— Alex Hawke MP (@AlexHawkeMP) June 12, 2013

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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