proxy male vents on education

Australian Education Minister, Julie Bishop, has ridiculed the men's legislature in which she holds proxy membership, the Federal House of Representatives, by accusing opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, of poaching the idea of introducing a national school curriculum.

"Naughty boy. You stole that idea didn't you," teased Ms Bishop, as quoted by journalist Phillip Coorey in an article entititled "Head girl teaches new boy a lesson for copying answers", in the Sydney Morning Herald.

"You will have to go to the naughty corner won't you?"

Ms Bishop's demeaning outburst brings into disrepute both the Parliament of Australia and her own colleagues in what appears to be an explosion of frustration at her proxy male status in a men's legislature.

While women elsewhere in the Parliament are forging unprecedented cross-party women's unity Ms Bishop appears to be ensconced in a corner of her own.

Ms Bishop will find comfort with her own kind when government is comprised of women's and men's legislatures presided over by an executive of elders accompanied by courts of women's and men's jurisdiction.

1 March, 2007