TV satire on Gillard triggers row

September 20th, 2011 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Sep 20 (IANS) A TV satire on Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has triggered a controversy among political circles here, with many MPs finding it to be demeaning.

Outraged MPs have even suggested review of the ABC funding due to the satire.

Opposition MPs debated the merits of “At Home With Julia”, a four-part sitcom, in a party room meeting Tuesday, with MP John Forrest urging the return of tasteful comedy shows such as the 1970s series “Are You Being Served”, The Australian reported Tuesday.

Forrest told colleagues that the satirical take on Gillard’s private life demeaned the office of prime minister, after learning that Wednesday’s episode features on-air prime minister Amanda Bishop and actor Phil Lloyd, playing Tim Mathieson, naked on her office floor under an Australian flag.

“Having sex in the prime minister’s office under the Australian flag is the last straw for me,” Forrest reportedly told MPs.

He later told The Australian Online that the ABC had crossed the line of good taste.

“I’ve had enough,” Forrest said.

“It’s nothing to do with Julia Gillard. I’m not trying to defend her. It’s the office of prime minister and it’s not even funny.”

Liberal MP Teresa Gambaro also expressed disgust with “At Home with Julia”.

But Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop suggested people not liking the show could change channels, as she added that former prime minister John Howard had been lampooned for years by comedy shows.

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