In a column in The Adelaide Advertiser over the weekend, journalist Peter Goers called for MPs to stop promoting themselves via taxpayer-funded electoral newsletters.
He chided South Australian state MP David Basham and federal member for Boothby, Nicolle Flint, for splashing the pages of theirs with hollow photo opportunities rather than discussion of important issues. (Hear, hear!)
But for reasons that remain unclear, Goers also reserved an entire paragraph for a dissection of Nicolle Flint's appearance.
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"Nicolle wears pearl earrings and a pearly smile," he wrote. "She favours a vast wardrobe of blazers, coats and tight, black, ankle-freezing trousers and stiletto heels. She’s [sic] presents herself in her own newsletter, 23 times as a fashion plate. She has blazers and coats in black, blue, pink, red, beige, green, white, cream, floral and two in grey."
Basham, meanwhile, was described simply as "King of the open-necked shirt".
Flint was none too pleased.
In a video posted to Twitter on Monday, the Liberal MP railed against the article and asked Goers, "What should a woman in politics wear? How about a garbage bag to match your rubbish views?"
Watch below for the reveal of her now-iconic bin-liner dress.
Sick of sexist garbage?— Nicolle Flint MP (@NicolleFlint) July 27, 2020
I am, which is why I’m calling out @abcadelaide’s Peter Goers rubbish views about my appearance, published in yesterday's @theTiser Sunday Mail.
It’s time women in public life are judged on what they stand for, not what they look like. #GarbagelikeGoers pic.twitter.com/tk9DRyM0nN