An Australian radio host was fired after quizzing Prime Minister Julia Gillard about her partner’s sexuality, prompting her to warn that such probing could discourage women from entering public life.
Perth radio station 6PR dismissed host Howard Sattler, having earlier suspended him, after he repeatedly asked Gillard in an interview late on Thursday whether Tim Mathieson’s profession as a hairdresser meant he was homosexual.
“I want young girls and women to be able to feel like they can be included in public life and not have to face questioning like the questioning I faced,” Gillard told reporters on Friday, echoing concerns raised by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.
The fallout capped a week in which gender and sex dominated the political agenda three months from an election that opinion polls indicate Gillard’s Labor party will lose in a landslide. The nation’s first female prime minister thrust gender into…
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