by Catherine Delahunty
I missed Question Time yesterday as I had an important event to attend and it looks like I missed the highlight of the year: the crucial visit to Parliament by 13 Miss New Universe contestants.
What a shame I wasn’t there to experience that particular embarrassment and humiliation.
Apparently the presence of the contestants got some male MPs excited. Trevor Mallard requested that the visitors be introduced to the House, and they were applauded.
It must have been a bit like time travelling to see them all emanating “I am not just a sex object” for the benefit of the Parliamentarians.
I am not sure we need any more retro trivia distracting us from the actual job around here. Imagine what aliens would think if they landed in the public gallery during Question Time: the shouting would seem odd, the personal attacks would cause anxiety and then the beauty queens smiling those frightening smiles…
Well, aliens have landed people and they’re planning mining, oil drilling and privitisation of our public assets. It’s not beautiful and those young women need to get their sashes off and start banging on the door or standing for public office.
(The pay is not as good as winning Miss Universe but at least you can get older and still have a job).
The really painful story is the thought of the male MPs who applauded the beauty contestants as if they were high ranking visiting public office holders. Apparently it is still the 1970s for some people and girls are still dolls.
If anyone deserved applause in the House yesterday it was the members of the Burmese community who were in the gallery for the Notice of Motion in support of the freedom of their country.