“May the best man win” said Peter Beattie yesterday to Liberal candidate for Chatsworth Michael Caltabiano when they met on the campaign trail, clearly forgetting the existence of a female candidate in the electorate.
Greens candidate for Chatsworth, Elissa Jenkins, said the language the Premier used was indicative of the boys club mentality inherent in state politics today.
“I’m not surprised he ignored my candidacy – he’s been ignoring pressing environmental and social justice issues in this state for years.
“However, as the only female voice putting themselves forward to represent the electorate, I feel it’s important to point out to the Premier that his sexist attitude isn’t going to inspire votes from Chatsworth’s female constituents,” she said.
And what were Caltabiano’s wise words in reply?
Elissa Jenkins encourages women in Chatsworth to vote outside the two major parties at this election.
“Let’s finally get women’s issues heard in state parliament.
“Maybe then we’ll see a change in the governing of women’s health, childcare and employment,” she said.
**Written and authorised by Elissa Jenkins, 11 Sussex Street, West End QLD 4101**