You're right, their behaviour is certainly inexcusable, regardless of who they are. I think that there's a good reason I don't watch question time. The behaviour of all of the politicians is deplorable at times.
The problem comes in that slanderous comments have been made by more than just abbott, and gillard has made her fair share over time. It doesn't make it right, but creates a problem that as soon as mud is started being flung, it remains to be seen, who has the more mud to sling.
Politics on both sides is a man's club and that's no secret. Many a time, I've wondered what's the secret to making it a more equal club. I don't like the idea of quotas, as that means that not necessarily the best person for the job has been hired.