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Thursday, 9 June 1994
Page: 1633

Senator McKIERNAN —Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

  Leave granted.

Senator McKIERNAN —This morning's Canberra Times contains a column by Ian Warden at the conclusion of which he alleges that because I have displayed in my office what he describes as `a refreshingly sexist but still regrettable poster' I had chosen to offend women rather than the Catholic Church when asking rhetorical questions. In displaying the poster of former Senator Bishop, now Ms Bishop, in my window, nothing could be further from the truth. If Mr Warden had looked closely enough, he would have noticed that I have two posters of Ms Bishop in my window. The first one, which he did not refer to, has Ms Bishop looking around the door and waving the current Australian flag, saying, `Remember when we used to leave our doors unlocked at night?'

  However, with regard to the one that Mr Warden refers to, while he might say it is a sexist poster, which I reject, I point out that the poster is not actually of my making. Were he to do some research, he would find it actually emanated from within his own industry. It was the result of a campaign brief in the magazine of the Advertising Agency of Australia.  What I think he found to be particularly offensive, as he described it in his article, was as follows:

  The poster is dominated by a picture of Bronwyn Bishop wearing one of her scrotum-shrivelling "smiles". . . and the legend "do I [Bishop] want to be the leader of the Liberal Party? Does Dolly Parton sleep on her back?"

When I had the poster inserted in my window two months ago, it was never my intention to offend the opposite sex. It is still not my intention to offend women by displaying this poster. It is not hero or heroine worship, either. Certainly, no offence has been taken by the scores of people, both men and women, who have approached my office and my staff asking for copies of the poster.