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What Sunshine Coast women really think of Donald Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton after a presidential debate.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton after a presidential debate. David Goldman

DONALD Trump and the American election fires up lunch time debate all the way across the world in Mooloolaba.

The Sunshine Coast Daily asked the women and two men around the table at the launch of the Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards their thoughts on the American election.

And it was clear Donald Trump wasn't only offending women in his own country, he was offending women in Australia too.

When it came to it, not one single person at the lunch table said they would vote for the outspoken American billionaire who may become the most powerful man in the world.

No one was too happy with the alternative in Hillary Clinton either, particularly Member for Maroochydore and former Queensland Parliament Speaker, Fiona Simpson.

Ms Simpson was concerned about Ms Clinton's policy towards Israel, which she feared might heighten tensions in the Middle East.

 

Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson
Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson

While Ms Clinton has long been a supporter of Israel, Ms Simpson feared she might "undermine recognition of Israel which, for the Middle East, would be more problematic in the future".

"I acknowledge human rights (in the Middle East) are far from upheld, but we don't want to have a major swing in policy in regard to the rights of Israel to exist," she said.

She also didn't want to support Donald Trump who was "like Clive Palmer on steroids" and criticised the American voting system which put so much power in the hands of one person for five years.

"The system allows the population to vote for one leader is the fundamental flaw of the presidential system," she said.

"A populous vote puts so much power in the hands of one person."

The other women around the table were far less flattering of Donald Trump, including Ms Simpson's media advisor, Julia Jones-Walker.

"People know what kind of person he is - how could they keep him as a credible candidate?" she said.

Cheryl Harris, from Volunteering Australia would vote for Ms Clinton.

"If I had to vote of the two, I'd have to vote for Ms Clinton," she said.

"He (Donald Trump) is starting to take America back 50 years with the comments he is making. I don't think he respects women at all."

And as for one of the two men at the table, Mark Weaver from Suncoast Christian College said he simply wouldn't vote at all.

"I am thankful I am not an American citizen as I wouldn't choose either," he said.

"Voting isn't compulsory there and I would abstain."

This sparked a quick retort from Sundale's Gail Middleton.

It see it as really sad if you don't vote as, particularly Trump, is dangerous for the world.

"It's a pity the world doesn't get to vote in this election. Many Americans are going to abstain which is a cop-out. They should have a compulsory vote."

Whites IGA owner Roz White was appalled at the way the election was being conducted with candidates taking constant swipes at each other.

 

Roz White
Roz White Che Chapman

"Their dialogue is completely unacceptable," she said.

"It is so tit-for-tat. Surely they can have dialogue with respect for the human behind it."

Topics:  us election 2016



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