A furious debate on sexual equality is raging in Australia following "misogynistic" comments made by the country's best-known radio DJ, who announced on his show that women in positions of power were "destroying the joint".
Alan Jones's outburst followed the announcement that Australia would be spending $A320m (£200m) promoting Pacific islands women in business and politics.
"[Prime minister Julia Gillard] said that we know societies only reach their full potential if women are politically participating," scoffed Jones, who has previously suggested Gillard be put in a sack and dropped out to sea.
"Women are destroying the joint," he said. "[Former state chief police commissioner] Christine Nixon in Melbourne, [Sydney lord mayor] Clover Moore here. Honestly."
Days of heated debate – including a vigorous social media campaign against him – on the extent of sexism in the country have followed his comments.
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