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Why are people so unkind about Sophie Mirabella?

September 12, 2013

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Sophie Mirabella is one of the Liberal Party’s most committed ideological warriors.

Born Sophie Panopoulos in Melbourne in 1968, she has spent much of her adult life in the political trenches.

Her foes are not just ALP members but also those Liberal colleagues who do not conform to her view of Liberal ideology.

During her career Sophie has had little time for ideological opponents. When Liberal moderates questioned the Howard government line on asylum seekers Sophie labelled them ‘political terrorists.’

Last year she attacked former PM Malcolm Fraser’s criticisms of the Bush administration, saying he was guilty of either ‘intellectual sloppiness or deliberate dishonesty’ and accused him of supporting Islamic fundamentalism.

In February 2008 she was one of five Liberals who were not present when the motion of apology for the stolen generations was passed and later said that there was “no evidence that any children were ever truly stolen.”

Sophie Mirabella has earned a reputation for being a bit coarse and unrefined, but is she simply misunderstood?

Is it just because she’s a one woman Wog wonder with enviable sex appeal..?

In order to get to the truth, we traversed the interwebs to uncover the “real” Sophie Mirabella…..

According to Fenella Souter in the Sydney Morning Herald, Mirabella is known for her “caustic, confrontational manner”.

Her behaviour has prompted her to be ejected from parliament on a number of occasions.

In 2007, David Hawker expelled Mirabella from parliament for shouting at him after being warned twice to resume her seat. She defied parliamentary orders and was expelled from the House of Representatives for “misconduct.”

In 2010, Peter Slipper expelled Mirabella from parliament once more on the eve of the vote on the carbon tax, when she “refused to accept a ruling barring her from tabling an anti-carbon tax petition”.

On a number of occasions her comments both inside and outside of parliament have attracted controversy.

In 2008, Mirabella stated in parliament to Julia Gillard, who is childless, “You won’t need his (ex-PMKevin Rudd) taxpayer-funded nanny, will you?”

Mirabella again created controversy on 2 March 2011, when she compared the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to Muammar Gaddafi, claiming that both were “delusional.”

Then Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, refused to condemn Mirabella, instead calling the comparison “colourful.”

Last year, Mirabella denounced fellow Liberal NSW Senator Bill Heffernan by telling him to “Oh, why don’t you go and pop your Alzheimer’s pills”. This was in response to Heffernan branding a fellow Liberal senator a “fuckwit”.

Prior to the 2013 Federal Election, retiring independent MP Tony Windsor nominated Mirabella for “the nasty prize” when asked who was the person he would miss least in politics.

“She is the nastiest — I reckon if you put it to a vote to all politicians, she’d come up No.1”. 

Here at The Gutter Trash we therefore conclude that Ms Mirabella is simply misunderstood.

 

 

 

 

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81 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2013 7:17 pm

    ‘Why are people so unkind about Sophie Mirabella?’ Well, to put it plainly Reb, it’s because she’s a CUNT!

  2. IPA permalink
    September 12, 2013 7:20 pm

    Tony Windsor doesn’t like her? That’s good enough for me. Go Sophie!

  3. September 12, 2013 7:21 pm

    Succinctly put Edward! 😆

  4. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 12, 2013 7:22 pm

    Lulu doesn’t like her, she gives gold diggers a bad name. Apparently.

  5. September 12, 2013 7:22 pm

    Disgusting sordid allegations of Sophie’s “affair” with lover 40 years her senior….

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/mirabella-in-hot-seat-over-qc-lovers-dying-days-20110922-1knct.html

    Surely there can be no substance to these filthy rumours.

  6. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 12, 2013 7:29 pm

    Disgusting sordid allegations of Sophie’s “affair” with lover 40 years her senior…

    Personally I don’t see much wrong with this, 40 years isn’t much in this day and age, particularly when mature men are so virile and active.

  7. IPA permalink
    September 12, 2013 7:31 pm

    What I did find pleasing about this blog during the election was that no matter how often a certain person linked to rumours about politicians’ private lives, they were ignored. People here are non-judgemental about other people’s personal lives, apparently.

  8. IPA permalink
    September 12, 2013 7:34 pm

    On the other hand, people’s personalities are fair game.

  9. September 12, 2013 7:34 pm

    “People here are non-judgemental about other people’s personal lives, apparently.”

    Are you sure you’re in the right place….??

  10. IPA permalink
    September 12, 2013 7:37 pm

    This is the Motoring Enthusiasts blog, isn’t it? 😯

  11. September 12, 2013 7:38 pm

    LOL…!! 😆

  12. September 12, 2013 8:06 pm

    So she might’ve been dating someone 40 years older, but I wonder if she can pull this one off?

    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/sophie-mirabella-withdraws-from-frontbench-contention-20130912-2tlon.html

  13. September 12, 2013 8:30 pm

    Sophist wrote a book.. How to make a million. Dollars with only one cunt working for you. I personally sent down $20 of my hard earned money to Cathys campaign, I love a just cause that defeats evil. Best 20 bucks I’ve spent in a long time.

  14. September 12, 2013 8:40 pm

    Thanks Reb. BTW, just picked up an advanced copy of the forthcoming 50 volume bio of Tony Abbott by Andrew Bolt, Titled: ‘What’s that smell? It’s George Pell!’, looks like great holiday reading for the whole family and diocese alike. Also to be serialized in the Hun and DT so readers don’t have to worry about missing out.

  15. IPA permalink
    September 12, 2013 8:43 pm

    Someone spilled their twitter feed.

  16. IPA permalink
    September 12, 2013 8:48 pm

    Haters gonna hate.

  17. egg permalink
    September 12, 2013 8:50 pm

    With Mirabella out of the running … the Innovation, Industry and Science portfolio could go to Jensen.

  18. IPA permalink
    September 12, 2013 8:53 pm

    Jensen’s a member of the Denialati. Go Dennis!

  19. IPA permalink
    September 12, 2013 9:09 pm

    Slate: Dazed and Confused: If your foreign policy has to be rescued by a dictator, you are doing it wrong.

    “President Obama cannot take all the credit for sowing confusion. Secretary of State John Kerry also has the unique distinction of becoming the first chief American diplomat whose offhand quip at a press conference launched a last-minute, global diplomatic initiative to disarm a murderous dictator. Kerry never thought that he was making a bold bid to avert military strikes that his president’s party and public had no interest in supporting. He simply suggested that if Bashar al-Assad handed all of his chemical weapons over in a week, that might stave off an impending U.S. attack—and of course, Assad wasn’t going to do that. The State Department rushed forward to clarify that Kerry wasn’t floating an actual proposal—he was just speaking rhetorically. You know, riffing. To say that the Obama administration is freelancing when it comes to foreign policy is an insult to freelancers.”

  20. egg permalink
    September 12, 2013 9:27 pm

    ** chuckle **

  21. Walrus permalink
    September 13, 2013 8:46 am

    I do hope Albo nominates today. It will give Rudd’s new party rules a good tryout.

    30 days of belly laughs as the ALP tries to get its house in order.

    They cant be serious about Shorten can they ?

    He just looks sooooooooooooooooooooooooo fucking glum and miserable all the time.

    And he’s even worse in a pie shop I hear

  22. IPA permalink
    September 13, 2013 8:54 am

    Tanya Plibersek is being touted as deputy leader. You heard it here first: Tanya has about as much charm and will be as loved by the electorate as Julia Gillard, and we all saw how well that worked out.

  23. September 13, 2013 9:05 am

    And Mirabella is getting the arse because she is sooooo charming. 🙄

  24. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 13, 2013 9:20 am

    I quite like Tanya Plibersek, she is about the most intelligent and articulate of the lot of them.

    It is her convicted drug dealer husband that will spoil her career.

  25. IPA permalink
    September 13, 2013 9:26 am

    “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.” ~ (Some religious nutjob, probably American.)

  26. September 13, 2013 9:43 am

    Wow, you really are on a poor-widdle-America trip, aren’t you.

    Some of what Putin said, pertaining to US exceptionalism, was perfectly reasonable. Religious babble, which is most likely calculated to play well with deluded readers of the US paper it was placed in, aside.

  27. September 13, 2013 9:45 am

    god created nothing, btw.

    Men imagined god into existence inside of the heads of those who choose fantasy over bleak, rational reality.

  28. IPA permalink
    September 13, 2013 9:48 am

    Way to miss the point.

  29. Walrus permalink
    September 13, 2013 9:58 am

    “It is her convicted drug dealer husband that will spoil her career.”

    Yep

    Not a good look when he would not be allowed onboard a US bound aircraft due to his criminal record.

  30. September 13, 2013 9:59 am

    No.

    I’ve been following the point.

    It is…’Obama is a joke…haw, haw, haw’…he is making the US look silly (oh noes!)…and Vladimir is silly too. But, importantly, Obama is a bad POTUS, unlike the POTUS America deserved had they not reelected Obama.

    The bonus point was that not all religious nutjobs are American.

  31. September 13, 2013 10:07 am

    ” both Russia and the United States abuse their veto power plenty.”

    BINGO

    “American exceptionalism” is a complicated idea but it basically boils down to a combination of simple nationalism and a belief that the United States can and should play a special role in shaping the world.”

    Arrogant & introspective ignorance.

    “an implicit argument for sovereignty, that all nations are equal and so no one country should go interfering with another.”

    Flies in the face of exceptionalism.

  32. September 13, 2013 10:11 am

    Syria is a mess, self evidently. A tragedy underway.

    What are your thoughts on intervention?

    I really don’t know what a sensible approach is, at this stage. Anyone who interferes appears likely to get their fingers incinerated & trigger cascading unintended consequences. None of which helps the civilian population in the meat grinder.

  33. September 13, 2013 10:12 am

    I had already read Putin’s self service in the NYT, yesterday (?) I think.

  34. September 13, 2013 10:17 am

    The US/CIA has form with this type of thing.

    Their hands are rarely clean, much lik Russia.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-begins-weapons-delivery-to-syrian-rebels/2013/09/11/9fcf2ed8-1b0c-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html?tid=pm_world_pop

    They probably see it as countering Iranian influence…but then there’s those cascading unintended consequences to consider.

  35. September 13, 2013 10:20 am

    Seems the IPA is true to his namesake he doesn’t like anyone who isn’t a facist… Like I said best 20 bucks I ever spent… Hows that inheritance sophie? Prediction… She will suck a few more withered cocks and ‘mount’ a probono legal challenge to put that fat ass back in the seat. She looks so striking in a floro..

  36. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 13, 2013 10:33 am

    “lik Russia”

    Seems like John Kerry’s foreign policy.

  37. September 13, 2013 10:36 am

    I see what you did there. 😉

  38. egg permalink
    September 13, 2013 10:50 am

    ‘Seems the IPA is true to his namesake he doesn’t like anyone who isn’t a facist… ‘

    Would you care to step outside and say that…you nasty piece of work.

  39. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 13, 2013 11:02 am

    Egg, you must be mistaken. Bed Pann is of the left. Leftists always lift the tone of the conversation. Hate-filled misogynist rantings are the sole province of conservatives like Abbott.

  40. Ol' Sancty permalink
    September 13, 2013 11:07 am

    Goodness me there’s some nice things being said on this subject.

  41. Neil of Sydney permalink
    September 13, 2013 11:16 am

    And people wonder why I appear to be such a rabid Liberal supporter. After seeing comments by Labor supporters I have nowhere else to go.

  42. Walrus permalink
    September 13, 2013 11:28 am

    “Leftists always lift the tone of the conversation.”

    Very much so SP.

    In fact the Australian Federal Police are now investigating a Facebook site that advocates the assasination of Tony Abbott.

    And for the non violent types amongst the Lefties there are also 2 Facebook sites dedicated to collecting photos of Abbott’s daughters and masturbating to them on screen.

    Charming but not surprising.

    With an intellect as large as Ricky’s I’m sure all his needs are fully catered to. Certainly the second non violent alternative would most attract him I suspect. Plus a few of the Cafe and TPS crowd

  43. September 13, 2013 11:33 am

    BREAKING NEWS: Anthony Albanese will stand for the Labor leadership…!

  44. Ol' Sancty permalink
    September 13, 2013 11:35 am

    I think it’s wonderful that all those Destroy The Joint activists are out in force.

  45. egg permalink
    September 13, 2013 11:37 am

    Down at the cafe they just installed a ‘favourite comments’ thingy, leaving Tom and scaper wasting their time trying to be more popular.

    This should see the elimination of FU as a serious contender.

  46. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 13, 2013 11:38 am

    I am not particularly objecting to the bad taste so much as the hypocrisy. The Chaser Boys middle-aged boors had a photoshop of Chris Kenny fucking a dog but I reckon they wouldn’t do one of Gillard enjoying a good seeing to from a fat Labrador with Bill Ludwig’s head on it.

  47. egg permalink
    September 13, 2013 11:39 am

    Albo gets my vote over that union hack.

  48. Walrus permalink
    September 13, 2013 11:40 am

    “Anthony Albanese will stand for the Labor leadership…!”

    Let the Comedy Festival begin …………..!

    At least 30 days of Labor having no formally endorsed LOTO

    I do hope Abbott recalls Parliament. In the House of Reps he’ll look like Clint Eastwood addressing an empty chair.

  49. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 13, 2013 12:52 pm

    “At least 30 days of Labor having no formally endorsed LOTO”

    Doug Cameron noted that the new rules were a good thing. He was in the UK during the most recent leadership change. He observed that the rules for choosing a new leader worked quite well. Because of the need to involve the membership, there was much public discussion of the policies principles and values the protagonists stood for.

    If the ALP politicians can exercise a bit of restraint in the interregnum the public will see an open, fair and democratic process in action and that will be a big plus for Labor.

    Old faction men like Richo want to return to the old system. Their fears are misplaced and their motives questionable.

    The ALP does need to amend the rules to allow for an interim leader in circumstances where the deputy chooses to stand. I expect that caucus will meet and modify the current system, but allow the membership to vote. The worst case is that they get spooked by the naysayers, abolish the new rules and pass up this opportunity to begin the necessary renewal of the party.

    If someone pipes up and says “My name is Kevin and I’m here to help” they should run a mile! 🙂

  50. Walrus permalink
    September 13, 2013 1:08 pm

    I reckon if they spill the leadership or elect a new leader then so be it BUT the entire caucus should then also have their pre-selections automatically up for a new ballot decided by the membership.

    It would be great fun

  51. Walrus permalink
    September 13, 2013 1:13 pm

    Why dont they give each member an electronic mail box and notify them all by post of their login/password etc and have the entire thing overseen by Ernst Young and conducted by Slater & Gordon.

    If a member doesn’t own a computer they can go to their local library or into the local members electoral office.

    A lot bloody quicker

    And these were the people that wanted to bring us the NBN……………WTF

  52. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 13, 2013 1:45 pm

    The new system for electing an ALP leader is of concern only to Liberal barrackers and factional warlords.

    I was in the UK a while ago during the process and it seemed to generate quite a lot of publicity about the benefits of party membership and principles.

    Anything that undermines factional control is good..

  53. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 13, 2013 1:46 pm

    …which means that the prolonged process had benefits.

    I think Penny Wong becomes acting leader, which is also not too bad.

  54. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 13, 2013 2:18 pm

    “It means there will now be a month-long process to decide whether Mr Albanese or Bill Shorten will lead the party in opposition. In the interim former treasurer Chris Bowen will be acting leader.

  55. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 13, 2013 2:24 pm

    Quote of the day: “If Shorten wins the leadership at least he can`t stab himself in the back”.

    (Comment on ABC website.)

  56. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 13, 2013 2:50 pm

    Chris Bowen is fine with me too.

    Shorten certainly couldn’t damage his spine, even if stabbed in the back.

  57. IPA permalink
    September 13, 2013 3:39 pm

    “Albo” likes fighting Tories. That’s what he does. We just need someone from the coalition who enjoys fighting New Labourites, and it’ll be on!

  58. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 13, 2013 3:57 pm

    It’s great to see The Daily Telegraph can still cover the important news topics, even after the election.

    1. Lara unleashes hot bikini bod
    2. There’s no topping this, Lara
    3. Lara Bingle says she has no regrets
    4. I’ve been assassinated: Stuart
    5. Has Lara Bingle still got it

    Only 4 stories about Lara Bingle…that’s disappointing.

  59. Walrus permalink
    September 13, 2013 4:33 pm

    It might work in the UK. But they have fixed terms dont they ?

    So the ALP could in theory be pole axed by a LNP PM calling an election right in the midst of an ALP Leadership vote.

    I think the LNP slogan might be “Who Are You Voting For” ?

    LOL

  60. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 13, 2013 6:01 pm

    The fixed term thing is only new in the UK. The membership and unions have participated in leadership ballots since 1981 without major problems.

    I don’t see the opportunistic calling of an election here as a big issue as it is going to be rare for a spill to occur except after a lost election. In any case caucus can alter the rules at any time and could adapt the process to suit the circumstances.

    Also, if the Libs called a snap election early or mid-term they would probably be punished for it. That is why early elections are unusual.

  61. egg permalink
    September 15, 2013 5:08 pm

    Mirabella’s seat still hangs in the balance, but her team remain quietly optimistic. They are a flash mob.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-13/cassidy-indi/4955258

  62. egg permalink
    September 15, 2013 5:08 pm

    I meant McGowan’s team remain optimistic.

  63. egg permalink
    September 16, 2013 10:48 am

    McGowan should win the Indi seat, but the electorate has been tricked…. she and her supporters are a watermelon collective.

  64. September 16, 2013 7:59 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ McGowan should win the Indi seat,’ ‘ ‘
    .
    dumpty, finally they are relieving the rest of us from her,
    the folks of lndi are finally sick of sophie so they are chucking her out, and
    *GOING WATERMELON*
    .
    the senate looks fun too 😆

  65. September 17, 2013 8:41 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ Chaser middle-aged boors had a photoshop of Chris Kenny fucking a dog ‘ ‘ ‘
    .
    paul barry got a serve off chaser when mediawatch tried to quiz them, they photoshoped barry shagging a pig and referred to mw as comedia-watch, 😆

  66. egg permalink
    September 18, 2013 11:42 am

    Sophie walks…

    “This election is over and the responsibility for the outcome is mine.

    “Despite the closeness of the count I have decided not to seek a recount. I unreservedly accept the decision of the democratic process.”

    – See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-2013/sophie-mirabella-surrenders-seat-of-indi-after-conceding-victory-to-cathy-mcgowan/story-fn9qr68y-1226721804748#sthash.YQxcIqAC.dpuf

  67. egg permalink
    September 18, 2013 7:36 pm

    ‘On the night of the September 7 election, Mirabella claimed that an alliance of the Greens, Labor, unions and the activist group GetUp! had conspired to topple her in favour of McGowan.

    “Some of the stuff Sophie’s had to cop everyday – I don’t know how she did it,” said another Coalition source who worked directly on her campaign. “Some of the abuse has been horrendous. Stuff about her personal life and false information about her voting record. This has been a personal, vicious, one-sided campaign. People don’t think beyond the caricature of her.’

    Oliver Milman / Guardian

  68. September 18, 2013 7:51 pm

    Has anyone seen Malcolm Turnbull and Greg Evans in the same room…??

  69. September 18, 2013 8:39 pm

    TV news said McGowan got the Indi seat today,
    *GO WATERMELON*
    three cheers to lndi for finally getting rid of sophie

  70. September 18, 2013 8:41 pm

    so folks, are we still waiting on
    crazy clives discount democracy.?

  71. egg permalink
    September 18, 2013 9:38 pm

    ‘three cheers to lndi for finally getting rid of sophie’

    Sophie should easily win the seat back at the next election.

  72. Neil of Sydney permalink
    September 18, 2013 9:55 pm

    Sounds like she is glad she lost her seat otherwise she would have asked for a recount. I doubt she will be back.

    Perhaps the abuse she got from “the left” has changed her mind about politics.

  73. egg permalink
    September 18, 2013 10:03 pm

    She’s as tough as old boots and could return, in the meantime the Coalition will undoubtedly starve Indi to make the electorate pay for their gross stupidity.

  74. September 18, 2013 10:04 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ Sophie should easily win the seat back at the next election. ‘ ‘ ‘
    what do you base that on dumpty.?

  75. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 18, 2013 10:19 pm

    Sophie has all the appeal of a female Oakeshott.

    Parliament will be more pleasant and intelligent without her… and that dill Oakeshott.

  76. September 21, 2013 3:03 pm

    ****GO WATERMELON**** 😆
    three cheers for the lndi voters

  77. egg permalink
    September 21, 2013 3:55 pm

    Over this term of the Abbott government its unlikely Indi voters will be rewarded for being duped by the rag tag watermelon coalition.

    Not sure if Sophie will return, politics is a hard slog.

  78. Brendan day permalink
    October 8, 2013 4:17 pm

    I am surprised some hasn’t tried to,ahh never mind, misunderstood? Get of it.
    what’s to misunderstand? She’s a twat

  79. Brendan day permalink
    October 8, 2013 4:20 pm

    She denies the stolen generation. And u can bet she’s a climate skeptic too, she think the earth is flat? She the Sarah Palin of Australia. What a cow ,nasty piece of work.

    wish the bikies would get her.

  80. Brendan day permalink
    October 8, 2013 4:23 pm

    Some poor dumb bloke was desperate enough to marry her? I’d prefer commit hari kiri

  81. May 7, 2015 7:07 am

    Who cares? She’s hot!

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