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This Australian politician's response to a male colleague's heckling was just perfect

Minister of the Supreme Clap Back.

MEET PENNY WONG – a Labor Party Senator for South Australia and the party’s Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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And this is Liberal National senator Ian Macdonald:

ABVC Source: ABC

It’s been well documented in the past that Macdonald has a habit of interrupting her when she’s trying to speak on the floor.

Wong, who is gay, is well-known in Australia for speaking out against prejudice and campaigning for equality for women, LGBTI rights and a multicultural Australia.

Now she’s gone viral thanks to an inspired comeback to him in the Senate yesterday.

When trying to make a point, Macdonald interrupts her once more and she had had enough

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You can’t make out the remark he made to provoke such a reaction, but her response was cutting:

You’re not my type either mate, don’t worry about it.


The context for those not from Australia has made this clip go viral internationally

prominent Source: @baltree

And brought up issues of what women have to deal with in the workplace

wong Source: @oh_ma_honey

But, really, the reaction has focused on what a quality comeback it was:

Senator Penny Wong is the hero we need.

Instant classic GIF material

wong2 Source: Twitter

He might be less likely to interrupt her next time – lest she have another burn in her back pocket

delight Source: @bradstorer

prime Source: @KahliaLiamsMum

Minister of the Supreme Clap Back would also be a suitable title.

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