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PRIME Minister Julia Gillard's parliamentary broadside against Tony Abbott has made international headlines, with one news blog praising it as an 'epic speech' by a 'badass motherf***er'.
The 15 minute impassioned speech, in which Ms Gillard accused Mr Abbott of "peddling a double standard" and having a long history of sexism and misogyny, was uploaded to YouTube and viewed around the world.
The US-based, women-focused Jezebel.com blog, owned by Gawker media and boasting millions of readers, said the video was the "best thing you'll see all day: Australia's female prime minister rips misogynist a new one in epic speech on sexism".
"She basically ripped him a new [expletive]," the site said, excerpting several "choice quotes" from the "smackdown" and describing Ms Gillard as "one badass motherf***er".
In the UK, the conservative Telegraph described the speech as a "brilliant political pivot", saying she had turned "defending the indefensible" (the Peter Slipper scandal) into a speech that cleverly shifted the focus of the entire news story.
"Watching a female Prime Minister tear apart the male leader of the Opposition with such aplomb, composure - but most importantly armed with a brilliantly impressive set of insults - backed up with dates and times of when each shocking comment was said - was the best card Gillard, ever the political animal, could have played in such a situation," the reporter said.