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 Mamamia. –   Thursday 13 June 2013
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Howard Sattler

Remember that day when a radio announcer asked John Howard if Janette was a lesbian? And that day a journalist asked Kevin Rudd about his sex life with Therese?


Oh, that’s right. You don’t remember those days because they never happened. Nor would they have in a million years. It’s impossible to even imagine such a thing.

But tonight, that is exactly what happened to our Prime Minister in a live radio interview on Perth station 6PRWell known broadcaster, Howard Sattler asked Julia Gillard whether her partner Tim was gay.

Caitlin Moran has a helpful test to work out if something is sexist. Ask this simple question: is this same thing happening to the blokes?

If it’s not, sexism is probably at play. And in this instance, it is unfathomable to consider the same question being asked of any male politician, let alone a Prime Minister.

It gets worse.

Let’s just park for a moment the fact that the question was asked. The fact that any person under any circumstances could think it’s appropriate to ask the Prime Minister such an outrageous thing. I know, but try.

Do you know WHY Howard Sattler chose to ask it? Because Tim is a hairdresser and, you know what they say about hairdressers….wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Mr Sattler? The dark ages rang and it wants its neanderthals back.

Take a look at the video:

In case you can’t see the footage, here’s how it went down.

Sattler asked Prime Minister Gillard to respond to rumours that Tim Matheison is gay under the cover of “testing out” rumours Ms Gillard has been linked to this week.

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Howard Sattler with the Prime Minister at 6PR today

“That’s not me saying it. It’s a myth,” Sattler says.

“Well, that’s absurd,” the Prime Minister responds.

“But you hear it – he must be gay, he’s a hairdresser,” Sattler says. “You’ve heard it. It’s not me saying it”.

“Well Howard, I don’t know if every silly thing that gets said is going to be repeated to me now,” the Prime Minister says. “But to all the hairdressers out there – including the men who are listening – I don’t think in life one can look at a whole profession full of different human beings and say ‘gee, we know something about everyone about everyone of those human beings.’ That’s absurd, isn’t it?” she says.

“So you can confirm that he’s not?” Sattler asks again.

“Howard, don’t be ridiculous. He’s not,” the Prime Minister says.

“But in a heterosexual relationship? That’s all I’m asking?” he repeats.

“Let me just bring you back to earth,” the Prime Minister says.

To which Sattler replies: “I’m not saying it.”

No Howard, you did say it. And it is disgraceful. After what she’s endured in the past 48 hours, no matter what you think of her politically, on a personal level you have to wonder how Julia Gillard does it. How she stares down such appalling personal slander and disrespect at a level we’ve never before seen in public life is nothing less than extraordinary.

But she shouldn’t have to.


UPDATE: Fairfax Radio management has issued a statement saying that Howard Sattler has been suspended from broadcasting, pending an internal inquiry.

The statement, from 6PR program manager Martin Boylan, says:

Fairfax Radio management has reviewed this interview and considers

that the questions posed by Mr Sattler were disrespectful and irrelevant to the political debate.

Mr Sattler apologised later in the program for his line of questioning.

The management of FRN also extends its sincere apologies to the Prime Minister and her partner.

Via: Mamamia.

AUDIO available here:

About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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