Remember that fateful day in March 2011 when then Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott was photographed standing in front of signs bearing Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s face which said “Ditch the witch” and “Ju-liar… Bob Brown’s Bitch”?

Julia Gillard does.

In tonight’s finale of political doco ‘The Killing Season: The Long Shadow‘, Ms Gillard says to ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson that this should have been the end of politics for Tony Abbott as we knew it.

“I really don’t know why this wasn’t a career ending moment for Tony Abbott,” she says, preparing for the kill. “Sexism is no better than racism.”

Julia Gillard Says This Is When Tony Abbott’s Career Should Have Ended

Shortly after that ill-advised anti-carbon tax rally, this photo was splashed across media, and probably still haunts Tones in his sleep: 

It would be a full year and a half before Julia Gillard would make her legendary misogyny speech to Tony Abbott, which the documentary also covers. (YAAAAAAAS!) 

Tony Abbott and sexism have a turbulent relationship, from the ditch the witch fiasco, to winking at a 67-year-old grandmother / phone sex worker, to once beginning an official statement by saying “What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing…“, to claiming virginity is “the greatest gift you could give someone“, to that time he played the sexism card over criticism of his controversial Chief of Staff Peta Credlin.

Since he became PM, however, the sexist comments have dwindled some, probably because he’s got political minders encouraging more of this:

And less of this:

Julia Gillard Says This Is When Tony Abbott’s Career Should Have Ended

‘The Killing Season’ airs tonight at 8:30pm on ABC.

via The Guardian