Radio host Alan Jones came out swinging during ABC’s Q&A on Monday night, claiming ‘bullied’ female MPs need to “take a teaspoon of cement and toughen up”.
The controversial 2GB broadcaster has come under fire in the past for his outspoken views and this time was no different as he joined a panel of guests on the first episode of the show since the drama-filled leadership spill.
Answering the burning questions from Australians following the booting of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, Jones took a seat next to Minister for Defence Industry Steve Ciobo, Opposition spokesman for infrastructure Anthony Albanese, News Corporation’s Sunday papers national political editor Annika Smethurst and the people’s panellist from Brisbane, Elmari Whyte.
However, it was Jones’ comments that caused the most stir throughout the night. The broaddcaster didn’t back down when addressing the accusations of bullying from female MP’s by their male colleagues.
“Politicians know the game they’re going in to and it is tough and it is confrontational and it is antagonistic at times,” he explained.
“I would recommend some of them who are saying they’re being bullied – they need to take a teaspoon full of cement and toughen up.”
Continuing his rant, the 77-year-old added: “If these people have complaints, surely they should articulate against whom the complaints are being made? Otherwise you can accuse anybody of anything.”
Meanwhile, Labor’s Anthony Albanese addressed the leadership spill and the battle for top position between now Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton and Julie Bishop.
When asked by host Tony Jones if Bishop would have been a more formidable opponent in the next election than Morrison, Albanese simply replied, “obviously”, the ABC reports.
The 55-year-old then took a swing at the Liberal Party, saying he doubted they would be able to unite behind Morrison.
“If the Liberal Party aren’t prepared to modernise and they continue to hark back to a reactionary position, and it’s not even a conservative position, I can see a real schism occurring and potentially a split down the track,” he said.
While Whyte suggested Bishop didn’t gain the support of her colleagues because of her gender.
“I think the difficulty is they can’t see a woman do that kind of job, no matter how proficient she might be and how competent and experienced she might be, and that is a real difficulty for the party to deal with,” she said.