Cartoon by Nicholson from "The Australian" newspaper: http://www.nicholsoncartoons.com.au

“Queensland now I think is the Australian leading state in the advancement of women.”

Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie.

Anna Bligh is Australia’s first female premier elected in her own right.  We should be excited about that, right?

If you can be excited about the thought of reckless spending, drinking sewerage, and creeping socialism, and the right of your political leaders to tell bare faced lies and go unchallenged, I guess you’re excited.  But it’s not my cup of tea.

Even if I thought Anna Bligh was a paragon of virtue, was fiscally responsible, and less of a Nazi than she is, I would still be cringing today.

Why?  I’m glad you asked.  What exactly are the implications of a female leader of state?  Clearly, opinion is that she is the best man for the job: and therein lies my angst.  I don’t want to live in a society where a woman is the best man we have.  It’s wrong, it’s scary, and it’s an abomination!

The natural, God given order of life is that the man is the head, the leader, the protector, and the one less prone to deception.  The ability of a woman to do the job is not in question.  The authority of the woman to do it, is.

How can a man bear the knowledge that Anna, in her power suit and pearl earrings, is making choices about how his money is spent, his children will be educated, his business practices will be legislated?  Was there not a man in the whole of Queensland to be found who could do the job?  It’s shameful.

The advancement of women indeed!  It is no progression, and no cause for celebration in my view, to find I live in a state where a woman is the best man we have.