Monthly Archives: May 2018

Why are “feminine” trades such as basketry decried by politicians?

Basketry. That doesn’t sound like much of an insult, does it? But Education Minister Simon Birmingham appeared to use the term that way in an interview following Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s budget response speech. Birmingham reacted with disdain to Shorten’s pledge to fund TAFE student fees, mocking Labour’s “disastrous VET …

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