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Bishop labels Gillard speech 'pathetic'

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Gillard speech 'the best thing you'll see all day'

Julia Gillard's fiery speech in which she labels the opposition leader 'sexist' and a 'misogynist' has proved a popular story internationally.

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Liberal frontbencher Bronwyn Bishop says Prime Minister Julia Gillard had "demeaned" every woman in parliament by playing the "gender card".

Ms Gillard on Tuesday accused Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of a history of sexism and misogyny, in a passionate speech that has become a global media sensation via the internet.

Ms Bishop told parliament today during a debate on the impact of the carbon tax on pensioners, that the prime minister always sought to blame others for her government's failings.

"The day will come when you can no longer call the gender card or the victim card, and by pretending to be a victim the prime minister has demeaned every woman in this parliament," Ms Bishop said.

"We didn't come here to be told that we could not do the job and needed to be treated differently.

"We came here on this side of the parliament to say we were the best person for the job to represent the people, and the ideas we have are the best ideas to take us into government.

"We don't wish to be treated as somehow less able or a victim of somebody's spiteful words."

The Liberal frontbencher said the prime minister's speech had been "pathetic".

"Could you imagine (German chancellor) Angela Merkel making a speech like that, or Maggie Thatcher making a speech like that?" she said.

"Of course not. The fact of the matter is if you take leadership you must exercise leadership and if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

AAP

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