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Penny Wong, Australian Senator, Gets 'Meowed' During Debate (VIDEO, POLL)

Penny Wong Meow

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/02/11 05:45 PM ET Updated: 08/02/11 06:12 AM ET

If you thought American politics were dirty, try Australia.

Penny Wong, Australia's Minister for Climate Change and Water and a Senator representing southern Australia, was a bit more than taken aback when a Liberal senator "meowed" at her during a debate. Judging by the clip, which you can see below, her outrage is seemingly deserved.

Was it intended to be sexist? You can cast your vote in the poll below the video.

Wong also happens to be the first openly gay member of the Australian Labor party (similar to being a Democrat in the U.S.), and is often named among Australia's most influential lesbians, according to SameSame.com.au.

WATCH:

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