THE president of the Cessnock Hunter Young Liberals branch has been suspended from the party after saying on social media that the Socceroos coach's comment that "women should shut up in public" should apply to Julia Gillard.
NSW Liberal Party state director Mark Neeham suspended Jason Hickson from the party yesterday, after learning of his remark on Twitter about the Prime Minister.
"His views have no place in the Liberal Party," Mr Neeham said.
On Wednesday morning, Mr Hickson tweeted: "Fairly certain Socceroos coach was referring to @JuliaGillard last night . . . not women in general. Heres [sic] to Holger if that's [sic] the case! #auspol."
Mr Hickson did not return the Newcastle Herald's call yesterday.
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck apologised this week for his sexist slur that "women should shut up in public", a comment he made ahead of the start of a press conference following his team's win.
He said the remark was meant as a joke off the record and was used at home when his wife was too talkative.
Ms Gillard also featured in an image posted on National's federal candidate for Hunter's Facebook page. The image, posted on Michael Johnsen's candidate page in July 2011, is a photograph of Ms Gillard bending during a bowls game, with a man seated behind her.
A caption says: "Check out the carbon coming from that."
Mr Johnsen said yesterday he had not created the image, did not intend for it to be offensive and that it could have been "a joke about anyone".
"I just looked at it and I thought that's a bit funny," he said.
"It's probably not seen to be a good thing, in the current context. But we all get jokes told about us all the time."
Yesterday, Ms Gillard insisted the Coalition still had questions to answer over an insulting menu produced by the host of a Brisbane fund-raising dinner.
But Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said it was time to move on from the issue and the Coalition was in the clear.
"This was a bad-taste menu that never made it out of the kitchen," Mr Abbott said yesterday.
"It wasn't seen by anyone at the event."
Ms Gillard isn't convinced by the explanation of the owner of the Richards & Richards restaurant, which hosted the event for Liberal National Party candidate Mal Brough in March.
Restaurant owner Joe Richards on Wednesday said the menu had not been distributed at the function and was a "light-hearted joke" shared with his son.
Mr Brough explained he had apologised for the menu on Wednesday because he had been given the wrong impression.
He thought it had been distributed at the fund-raiser.
"I never saw any menu," he said yesterday.
Debate raged on Wednesday about the menu, which alluded to Ms Gillard as Kentucky Fried Quail, making derogatory references to her anatomy.
Mr Brough and Mr Abbott both condemned the menu, as did the LNP. with AAP