To: Senator the Hon. Ian Macdonald, Liberal Senator for Queensland

Ian Macdonald must condemn the sexist remarks of LNP staffer Max Tomlinson

Senator Macdonald must condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the attitudes and language expressed in Mr Max Tomlinson’s recent email to Dr Carole Ford.

Why is this important?

In response to Dr Ford’s article about the drop of female representation in Queensland parliament from 49 per cent to 18 per cent – a troubling fact in itself – Mr Tomlinson sent Dr Ford an incredibly sexist rant stating that, “most women… probably don't possess the necessary drive, determination and decisiveness that men innately possess” and that it is “part of Nature's grand design to enable men to be stronger, more fearless and more determined than their sisters”.

It seems unthinkable that these comments could even be uttered in 2012, let alone by someone who was one of the chief media advisors to Senator Macdonald.

The resignation of Mr Tomlinson upon the publication of this email is a welcome first step. However the women of Queensland must be reassured that these prehistoric views are not shared by Senator Macdonald.

We urge Senator Macdonald to immediately and publicly clarify his position in regard to Mr Tomlinson’s comments.