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How controversial was Basic Instinct?

30 April 2022

9:00 AM

30 April 2022

9:00 AM

Stone me

Boris Johnson threatened to unleash the ‘terrors of the Earth’ on an unidentified Tory MP who claimed that Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, deliberately crossed and uncrossed her legs to distract the Prime Minister at the dispatch box – in the manner of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. But that was just one way in which the 1992 film caused offence.

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Correction: In last week’s Barometer we incorrectly implied that Julia Gillard’s government had stopped the flood of asylum seekers coming into Australia. It was of course the Abbott government who won election in late 2013 and immediately implemented Operation Sovereign Borders.

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