Ex LNP candidate in the Queensland federal seat of Wright Hajnal Ban has launched a strident attack on â€œfaceless men in the LNP hierarchyâ€ for ending her political career.
Ban was cruelly dumped from the new notionally LNP seat after revelations on VEXNEWS about her dealings with millions of dollars of funds of an elderly man in her custody.
On her blog, the disendorsed LNP candidate launched a tirade against the LNP, men and politics.
The re-energised feminist argues in a blog entry entitled â€œAll their balls exploded at onceâ€:
Working in the male dominated industries of politics and law has taught me to be tough. My view is as simple as this; women have to beat men at their own game.
At every turn women are hindered in their rise through corporate structures and politics.
Men stick together, and the faceless men in the LNP hierarchy were never comfortable with a woman holding what they regarded as a safe LNP seat (Wright). They were just as distressed, in fact some cried like babies, when Karen Andrews won her preselection in MacPherson. Itâ€™s as if all their balls exploded at once.
There is a long way to go for women to get a fair go in politics. I hope that I can continue to provide inspiration to the many women who have called me for encouragement over the six years I have been in public life.
An LNP critic has questioned all this as sour grapes, and while agreeing that she was admitted as a barrister but questioning whether she ever worked as one. Some have previously told us that her inaccurate claims about this was the next lot of scandal about the candidate had she continued in the role. They explained:
I understand that she has never practiced as a solicitor or as a barrister. Anyone who has completed a law degree and PLT can be admitted as a solicitor or a barrister – but it is another thing entirely to actually work as one.
Another also strongly disputed whether anyone â€œcried like babiesâ€ at the McPherson preselection telling VEXNEWS:
There were definitely no tears at the Macpherson preselection – I was there.
They had no comment on the balls problem Hajnal described.
On politics itself sheâ€™s not too impressed either:
According to some in public life, those questions (about alleged financial impropriety) are enough to have me vilified and cast to the wolves. To others it shows the reality of politics; itâ€™s brutal, overtly masculine and unforgiving.
To me it shows that Benjamin Franklin quote rings so true; â€œDemocracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunchâ€.
And for now, Hajnal is making a transformation from being a Barnaby Joyce ally to a fully-fledged feisty feminist:
So what does the future hold for Hajnal Black (nee Ban)? Over the next few weeks I will reveal some projects that I am working on and talk about some of the issues I am passionate about. Most important to me is empowering women to overcome the challenges they face in their respective careers.