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Fairfax Shockjock ‘Howard Sattler’ Sacked

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Fairfax Sacks SattlerBREAKING!  Fairfax Radio host Howard Sattler has been sacked by Perth station 6PR. After a year of abysmal behaviour toward Australia’s first female Prime Minister, it seems Fairfax has manned up and done the right thing.

Yesterday, Mr Sattler was suspended by the radio station, pending an internal inquiry. Fairfax said via statement that “6PR Presenter Howard Sattler, put a number of questions to Prime Minister Julia Gillard regarding the sexuality of her partner, Tim Mathieson. These questions sought to establish if there was a basis in fact to rumours circulating about the couple’s relationship. The PM answered Mr Sattler’s questions with dignity and some patience.Fairfax Radio management has reviewed this interview and considers that the questions posed by Mr Sattler were disrespectful and irrelevant to the political debate.”

Ms Gillard refused to take questions on the controversy, but echoed comments from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick that the treatment of high-profile women could send a damaging message to the next generation ::

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

UPDATE! During an interview on the Drive program yesterday presenter Howard Sattler pursued a line of questioning with Prime Minister Julia Gillard that was disrespectful to the office and the person of the Prime Minister and was entirely inappropriate.

Radio 6PR apologises unreservedly to Ms Gillard and Mr Mathieson for allowing these matters to be raised on the Drive Program.

In the wake of yesterday’s interview Radio 6PR suspended Mr Sattler from broadcasting pending a review of the matter today. The station has now decided to terminate Mr Sattler’s engagement.

Mr Sattler says he has no regrets and intends to pursue legal action against Fairfax Media.

POST: Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she is worried young girls are being turned off public life by seeing the way she is being treated Perth radio host Howard Sattler has been suspended after asking Ms Gillard whether her partner Tim Mathieson is gay. He asked the question during an interview on Thursday, in which he challenged her to answer a series of myths, rumours and innuendos.

Speaking today, Ms Gillard refused to take questions on the controversy, but echoed comments from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick that the treatment of high-profile women could send a damaging message to the next generation.

“I’m concerned about that, too. I don’t want to see a message like that sent to those young girls,” she said. “I want young girls and women to be able to feel like they can be included in public life and not have to face questioning like the questioning I faced yesterday.”

During the exchange with Mr Sattler, Ms Gillard said the questioning was absurd and “bordering” a line. She accused Mr Sattler of making generalisations about male hairdressers.

“You know, to all the hairdressers out there, including the men who are listening, I don’t think in life one can actually look at a whole profession full of different human beings and say ‘Gee we know something about every one of those human beings’, I mean, it’s absurd isn’t it?” she said.

Sattler then continued to ask: “You can confirm that he’s not?”

The Prime Minister replied: “Oh, Howard don’t be ridiculous.”

Fairfax Radio management has issued a statement saying it has reviewed the interview and considers the questions disrespectful and irrelevant to the political debate.

The statement points out that Mr Sattler apologised later in the program for his line of questioning.

Management also extended sincere apologies to Ms Gillard and Mr Mathieson.

The statement says Mr Sattler has been suspended from broadcasting pending an internal inquiry.

Statement from 6PR Program Manager Martin Boylan on Sattler’s Suspension:

Howard Sattler, Drive presenter on Perth radio station 6PR, put a number of questions to Prime Minister Julia Gillard regarding the sexuality of her partner, Tim Mathieson.

These questions sought to establish if there was a basis in fact to rumours circulating about the couple’s relationship.

The PM answered Mr Sattler’s questions with dignity and some patience.

Fairfax Radio management has reviewed this interview and considers that the questions posed by Mr Sattler were disrespectful and irrelevant to the political debate.

Mr Sattler apologised later in the program for his line of questioning. The management of FRN also extends its sincere apologies to the Prime Minister and her partner. Mr Sattler has been suspended from broadcasting on 6PR pending an internal inquiry.

Transcript Sattler’s Prime Minister Interview:

Howard Sattler: Myths, rumours, snide jokes and innuendos, you’ve been the butt of them many times.
Julia Gillard: Well I think that’s probably right. We’ve certainly seen that this week.
Howard Sattler: Can I test a few out?
Julia Gillard: In what way?
Howard Sattler: Tim’s gay.
Julia Gillard: Well…
Howard Sattler: …No, that’s not me saying it. It’s a myth.
Julia Gillard: Well that’s absurd.
Howard Sattler: But you hear it. He must be gay, he’s a hairdresser.
Julia Gillard: Oh, isn’t that…
Howard Sattler: But you’ve heard it? It’s not me saying it. It’s what people…
Julia Gillard: Well, I mean Howard, I don’t know whether every silly thing that gets said is going to be repeated to me now.
Howard Sattler: No, no, no…
Julia Gillard: But, you know, to all the hairdressers out there, including the men who are listening, I don’t think in life one can actually look at a whole profession full of different human beings and say ‘Gee we know something about every one of those human beings’, I mean, it’s absurd isn’t it?
Howard Sattler: You can confirm that he’s not?
Julia Gillard: Howard don’t be ridiculous. Of course not.
Howard Sattler: No, but in a heterosexual relationship. That’s all I’m asking.
Julia Gillard: Howard, you and I have just talked about that. So now that is bordering…
Howard Sattler: No, I wanted to get rid of it.
Julia Gillard: Howard, let me just bring you back to Earth.
Howard Sattler: I’m not saying it.
Julia Gillard: Right, well, let me just bring you back to Earth. You and I have just talked about me and Tim living at the Lodge. We live there together as a couple. You know that. Yes, on the internet there are lots of what I’ve referred to in the past as nutjobs and I’m happy to use the expression again…
Howard Sattler: Good.
Julia Gillard: …People who peddle and circulate vile and offensive things.
Howard Sattler: Awful things.
Julia Gillard: Yeah absolutely.

The interview comes in a week in which the Prime Minister has faced personal attacks. A restaurant menu surfaced on Wednesday which made crude references to Ms Gillard’s body. The menu was believed to have been used at a fundraiser for LNP candidate Mal Brough, leading to Labor’s calls for his disendorsement.

The owner of the Brisbane venue, Joe Richards, took responsibility for it on Wednesday afternoon, saying he wrote the “mock” menu as a light-hearted joke and it was not given out to LNP members on the night.

The menu has been condemned by all sides of politics, but the Government has continued to question Mr Brough’s version of events.

Earlier, Ms Broderick said there had been a number of incidents where women office-holders had been asked inappropriate questions.

“The fact is that from the PM down, so many women in public office, whatever side of politics they come from or women at senior business level, I think there is – there is still a significant demeaning attitude, sexist questions, invasive questioning,” Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick said. “It’s got to stop because we want women in public office, we want women to step up and be part of a decision-making of this country and while women and young women are put off by what they see. That’s not a good thing for Australia. But one of the things that is positive, I think, is a greater propensity to call this behaviour out when this happens and that’s got to be a good thing.”

Sattler’s Sacking

Sattler asked the question during an interview on Fairfax Radio’s 6PR on Thursday, in which he challenged Ms Gillard to address a series of myths and rumours.

Ms Gillard said the line of questioning was absurd.

Sattler was stood down on Friday morning before 6PR general manager Martin Boylen announced on air about 2:30pm (AWST) that he had been sacked.

“In the wake of yesterday’s interview, radio 6PR suspended Mr Sattler from broadcasting, pending a review of the matter today,” Sattler said. “The station has now decided to terminate Mr Sattler’s engagement, effective immediately.”

Sattler had six months remaining on a two-year contract and said he is planning to take legal action over the termination. Speaking to media immediately after the announcement, Sattler said he was “staggered” and “flabbergasted” by the action.

But he said there were other factors at play in his sacking.

“I believe that the reason given is not the only reason for this happening,” Sattler said. “It is unjustified and in my belief it is possibly unlawful what they’ve done. I’ll be taking the matter further. I’ll be exercising all my lawful rights to vigorously pursue any and all of my entitlements.”

Late last year complaints were made to the station about Sattler slurring on air, with some people saying he sounded drunk.

He announced publicly that he had had at least one stroke.

Sattler then announced in March this year that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

He refused to comment on whether he believed this had been a factor in the termination of his contract.

‘She agreed to stop me if it went too far’

Sattler said he had no regrets over the incident.

“She should have known it was coming,” he said. “She agreed she’d stop me at any stage if it went too far.”

Sattler said his producers had briefed Ms Gillard’s office about the intended line of questioning prior to the interview.

“They confirmed that in an email they sent to me at 8:59am yesterday that it was a candid interview,” Sattler said. “In the preparation for the interview my producers talked about how we were able to talk about her personal feelings about same-sex marriage, the fact that she’s not married and why not and all this sort of thing. The interesting thing is that after the interview she happily agreed to be in a photograph with me.”

Radio station ‘unreservedly’ apologises. The station has released a statement apologising “unreservedly” for the incident.

“During an interview on the Drive program yesterday, presenter Howard Sattler pursued a line of questioning with Prime Minister Julia Gillard that was disrespectful to the office and person of the Prime Minister and was entirely inappropriate,” the statement read. “Radio 6PR apologises unreservedly to Ms Gillard and Mr Mathieson for allowing these matters to be raised.”

Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott has also spoken out about Sattler’s questioning.

“It was a very poor thing to say. I condemn it,” Mr Abbott said. “You shouldn’t harass public figures like this, and that’s all it was, just harassment.”

Ms Gillard has endured an ongoing barrage of sexist, mostly personally demeaning comments since she was sworn in as Australia’s first female Prime Minister. Her speech against opposition leader Tony Abbott – above – was a high note, “If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror.” It’s been a slippery down hill slide since that speech, the sexist rhetoric seems to have become more personal and much more venomous.

Ms Gillard’s fightback on misogyny, and fiery speech of 2012 in which she branded conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott a misogynist for a string of allegedly sexist comments he had made in recent years was been lauded by feminists around the world. Sue Butler, the editor of the Macquarie Dictionary – regarded as the definitive authority on Australian meanings of words –  said that Ms Gillard’s outburst revealed that their dictionary’s definition was decades out of date.

The dictionary broadened its definition from a hatred of women to include entrenched prejudice against women.

“Since the 1980s, ‘misogyny’ has come to be used as a synonym for sexism, a synonym with bite, but nevertheless with the meaning of ‘entrenched prejudice against women’ rather than ‘pathological hatred,’” Ms Butler said in a statement.

A History of Missogyny

Australian politics requires a solid, stoic and resilient personality-type, debate is often heated with tirades in parliament have been historically brutal, until Ms Gillard however they’ve rarely been ignorant or personally biased. parliamentary debates have often contained personal slurs, but rarely have they been so narrowly prejudiced.

It’s hard to fathom if it’s Abbott’s Liberal Party alone who continues to pose problems for Ms Gillard with mockery and misogyny, the vitriol seems to have become much more general. Although incidents such as the most recent attack – Mal Brough in Menugate – don’t do the opposition any favours, it seems that Australia’s public at large has joined in on this most horrendous personal attack.

Ms Gillard has perpetually accused Abbott of a “pattern of misogynist behaviour”, and described Liberal party members as “men in blue ties” who would marginalise women and undermine abortion rights if elected. The great shame about this – entire episode – is that little or none of the conversation seem to be on policy, it’s all personality. With an election just around the corner, can this country – Australia – truly afford to not be speaking about the future rule of our parliament?

source: 6pr

source: fairfax

source: abc


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