Australian state party to hold International Women’s Day event at men-only club

The Australian state of Queensland is…special. It’s sunny, and beautiful, and reliably absurd. See a ridiculous headline, say, a snake winning a fight with crocodile and then eating it? It almost certainly happened in Queensland. A drunk man making his seven-year-old drive him home? Definitely happened in Queensland. Which is why I knew, when I saw that a state party in Australia was holding its International Women’s Day event in a club that only allows men to join, that it was a Queensland story. Or an Onion story.

My first instinct was correct: Queensland’s Liberal National Party — our conservatives — are indeed holding their International Women’s Day event at Tattersall’s, Brisbane’s “oldest and most prestigious members-only club,” where women are usually only allowed if a man brings them and remembers to pack his “Partners card.”

You cannot make this shit up. You can, however, spin it as feminist. Watch as our Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the self-appointed Minister for Women (yes, really), pats his party on the back for being awesome at gender equality when grilled about the Queensland party’s choice:

I say congratulations and thank God that bastion of old fashioned chauvinism has finally collapsed like the walls of Jericho at the trumpet cry of the Liberal and National Party. Good on you.

Obviously they’ve now broken down the last barrier and they’ve made the men-only club admit women. Isn’t that fantastic. At last.

They’ve admitted women and they’ve done it on International Women’s Day because of the Liberal National … good on the Liberal National Party, smashing the glass ceiling yet again.

Gender equality! At last! And for one whole meal!

I look forward to more glass-ceiling smashing in my home country. Here’s hoping that next up they pay women fairly for one whole day, and refrain from raping women for a whole hour. Take that, sexism!

Header image (of a quote from Tony Abbott): Birdee

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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