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Triple J presenters label Julia Gillard a 'whore', Tim Mathieson 'gay'
December 02, 2011
TWO ABC broadcasters have called Julia Gillard a "whore" and accused boyfriend Tim Mathieson of being gay in blistering Twitter attacks as the Prime Minister prepared to open the ALP national conference today.
One of the brutal tweets was deleted after complaints to the ABC.
The attacks underlined the heat being generated by Labor's debate this weekend on same-sex marriage.
"Just because you don't want to marry your gay boyfriend doesn't mean I shouldn't be able to marry mine," tweeted Triple J identity and musician Brendan McLean.
Another Triple J broadcaster, Paul Verhoeven, suggested someone put the illegal amphetamine "meths" into the ALP's drinking water to turn the conference into a "a wild sex game".
He also wrote "boo you whore" about the Prime Minister but later deleted it, claiming it was merely a reference to a popular movie.
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The Triple J film commentator said the tweet had been taken down "because the ABC were copping complaints from people who clearly haven't seen Mean Girls," he said in a later tweet.
The Labor Party will tomorrow debate same sex marriage with the left demanding the party platform endorse it and the Prime Minister calling for a conscience vote in Parliament.
Today Ms Gillard opened the conference pledging a year of jobs, growth and fairness but made no direct mention of gay marriage.
She told the 400 delegates to the ALP's 46th confence that there was a deep belief in sharing the benefits of hard work.
"This is the Labor way. This is the Australian way," Ms Gillard told delegates.
"We follow it simply because we are us."
That line was not exactly an oratorical high point for the Prime Minister but set the theme of economic growth shared through such means as the proposed disability issuance scheme.