The Political Weekly: The Opposition Leader found a new way to help boost flagging poll ratings, but unforeseen circumstances threatened to derail his progress.

Sexism and other forms of disrespect against women can only be eradicated if all our community leaders, including the two at the top, actively repudiate those behaviours.

The Political weekly: The federal election should be held in August or September this year. If it is called for any time before that, particularly the first half of 2016, voters will have no choice than to think PM Turnbull is taking us for fools.

Given the events of the past week, it’s time to recognise some of the government’s outdated views on women.

No woman, regardless of her views, words or behaviour should be subject to criticism or abuse based on her gender. Not even rampaging Tory women.

There is a world of difference between aggression and assertiveness. One is a negative approach; the other is positive. One incites fear and retaliation; the other encourages mutual respect.

Tony Abbott’s defence of Peta Credlin against what he says are sexist attacks from his own MPs shows a breathtaking lack of self-reflection.

By ignoring sexism we abandon Rosie Batty. This week’s column for The Hoopla.     I mention in this post the Parliamentarians Against Family Violence group co-convened by Tim Watts MP. Here are the speeches given at the launch of the group.

You only have to look so far as Tony Abbott’s foreign minister and chief of staff to see that conservative women are not immune to sexist slurs.

Julie Bishop’s popularity may be soaring but any ambition she may harbour for the prime ministership will be undone by geography and the sexism that dwells in pockets of the community and media.