The Straits Times
Published on Jan 29, 2013

Australia PM's partner apologises for Asian doctor joke


SYDNEY (AFP) - The partner of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, whose fiery speech against sexism last year made global headlines, apologised on Tuesday for making a quip about an "Asian female doctor".

Mr Tim Mathieson made the comment during a reception at The Lodge in Canberra on Monday night attended by members of the West Indies cricket team.

Mr Mathieson, who has worked to raise awareness about men's health issues, brought up the need for men to have regular checks for prostate cancer.

"Go and get that exam that none of us like to have done, but we know we should," Mr Mathieson said. Ms Gillard was standing behind him at the time.