Coalition event made lewd jokes at PM’s expense

Julia Gillard Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Mal Brough. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Part of the menu at the Liberal Party function.

A menu that made lewd and offensive jokes about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s anatomy was used at a fund-raiser for federal Liberal National Party candidate Mal Brough.

The menu, used at an event earlier this year, lists ”Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail” before going on to describe it as ”Small Breasts, Huge Thighs & A Big Red Box.”

The revelation comes as Ms Gillard reignited the so-called ”gender wars,” on Tuesday, during a speech in which she argued that women’s voices in political life would be ”banished” under a Tony Abbott-led Coalition government.

Her speech at a Labor women’s event has drawn fierce criticism from the Coalition – who have called her comments desperate – and has even been questioned by Labor MPs.

But union leader and Gillard supporter Paul Howes tweeted that the menu proved Ms Gillard’s gender attack on the Coalition had been right.

”The irony of course is that Mal Brough and @JoeHockey have proven the PM right despite the LNP’s howls of outrage over the last 12 hours.”

It had been suggested that shadow treasurer Joe Hockey attended the event where the menu was used.

But on Wednesday Mr Hockey tweeted that he did not remember seeing the menu.

”I don’t recall ever seeing any such menu. It is offensive and inappropriate whenever it was put out and it is now,” the tweet said.

A spokesman for Mr Hockey could not confirm the shadow treasurer had attended the event in question, saying Mr Hockey attended a number of fund-raisers.

The Opposition Leader condemned the menu during a visit to the Gold Coast on Wednesday, but said Mr Brough’s preselection would not be affected.

”I condemn it as Mal Brough has. I think that we should all be bigger and better than that,” Mr Abbott said.

It is understood Mr Brough will release a statement about the menu on Wednesday. Fairfax Media has also contacted him for comment.

The Liberal National Party issued a short statement condemning the menu in the ”strongest terms” and confirming it was used at a ”small local event” in March.

”This card was not produced or authorised by the LNP or the candidate.The content of the card was absolutely unacceptable and has no place at any LNP event,” it said.

The menu also makes jokes about former Labor leaders Kevin Rudd and Simon Crean as well as Treasurer Wayne Swan.

It lists ”Rudd’s A Goose Foie Gras” and ”Simon Crean Pollen and Grilled Kilcoy Grass-fed Tenderloin”.

It also features puns such as ”Please ensure you eat up all your greens, before they take over completely,” and ”You will be served Liberal amounts of Wine.”

Mr Brough, a former Howard government minister, is the LNP candidate for the seat of Fisher, currently held by former speaker Peter Slipper.

Last year there were calls for Mr Brough to be disendorsed after a damning Federal Court judgment found he was involved in actions to discredit Mr Slipper.

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

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