NSW Premier Mike Baird Responds To Female MP With Bizarre Impression

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As New South Wales Premier Mike Baird feels the heat over an Electoral Commission finding that the state Liberal party breached the law through the dodgy donations which bankrolled its 2011 campaign, he’s starting to act a little odd.

Labor’s Member for Strathfield, Jodi McKay, found herself on the receiving end of a theatrical tirade yesterday afternoon, which she quickly slammed on social media.

McKay was trying to move a point of order in the Legislative Assembly. An unhappy Baird rounded on her, incongruously mocking the MP for her recent attempt to take Labor’s Deputy Leadership position. She was less than impressed with the response.

“We should be doing all we can to encourage women into leadership roles in NSW – this behaviour shows how far we still have to go,” she said on her Facebook page.

It’s not exactly clear what ‘this behaviour’ is but as the video footage McKay posted shows, it was quite…vigorous.

We should be doing all we can to encourage women into leadership roles in NSW – this behaviour shows how far we still have to go. It is not funny nor is it appropriate to liken women seeking leadership to a ‘calendar shoot’. This is what happens when you take on the Premier of NSW in question time.

Posted by Jodi McKay MP – Member for Strathfield on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Baird appears to have a growing penchant for this kind of storytelling, after his recent appearance at a men-only-evangelical-Christian-beer-tasting event, where he span a blokey yarn about that time he nearly got snapped up by a Great White, or something.

But McKay’s doesn’t see any great future in stand-up for Casino Mike. “It is not funny nor is it appropriate to liken women seeking leadership to a ‘calendar shoot’. This is what happens when you take on the Premier of NSW in question time,” she said.

We shudder to think how things might have gotten out of hand after a few evangelical-beers if women, let alone prominent Labor MPs, had been allowed at his boys night out in Miranda. Especially considering the suburb falls outside of Sydney’s lock-out zone.

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Thom Mitchell

Thom Mitchell is New Matilda's Environment Reporter.

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