After five weary weeks we head to the polls this saturday. The ‘he said, she said‘ campaign that followed the untimely removal of the former Prime Minister, will soon end- but just who and what is the election about ? Continue reading
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When Julia Gillard became our first female Prime Minister over one month ago I wondered how long it would be before the media started questioning her status as a single woman living with her partner. I didn’t have to wait long to read about her clothes and her hair and her single status-the commentariat began the critique as soon as she was anointed PM or had it begun before. Continue reading
The media is inclined to represent women as saints or virgins, whores or mothers. However our Prime Minister does not belong to any of the above groupings. But fortunately for Julia Gillard she does belong to another group. Our first female PM belongs to the increasingly large cohort of women who have chosen to remain childless. Continue reading
The news today that President Obama had called Kevin Rudd before he called Julia Gillard doesn’t surprise me. Obama was rightly shocked over the dumping of his Australian colleague as we all were and still are.
How do you just dump a Prime Minister? Sure opposition leaders are regularly disposed of in Australian politics: Beazley, Crean, Hewson, Turnbull -the list is very long. But this has got to be a first when a Prime Minister who has brought the party to government after years on the opposition benches is so swiftly disposed of.
We will most likely be voting in August and at this stage it is predicted that an election would see a swing of 0.7 per cent against the government on 2007. I’m surprised that polls aren’t reflecting a bigger swing against the Gillard government. Her mistakes are mounting.
Prime Minister Gillard wrote an opinion piece in The Age today called Our security is at stake in Afghanistan in which she asserts that ‘A NATIONAL government has no more important task than defending the nation, its people and their interest’. Gillard maintains that our troops are in Afghanistan ‘to combat the threat of international terrorism.’ Time to tell the troops and the voters why we are really involved in this ‘war’, Julia.
John Foster author of A Pipeline Through A Troubled Land – Afghanistan, Canada, and the New Great Energy Game, writes that ‘Afghanistan is a strategic piece of real estate in the geopolitical struggle for power and dominance in the region.’ For this so-called ‘war’ tens of thousands of Afghans have been killed, displaced and many of these are now rightly seeking refuge in our country.
Photo: Julia Gillard on HMAS Broome, The Age 8/7/10
It is two weeks since the ‘coup d’etat’ that removed Kevin Rudd from the office of Prime Minister of Australia and saw Julia Gillard sworn in as our first female PM. There was ‘rejoicing on the streets’ and women urged their daughters to aim high.
What has our first female PM achieved in this short time?
Her first week in office saw her calming down the mining multinationals and giving them what they want at a loss of at least 1.5 billion to the federal coffers -A real backdown and a victory for the miners surely.
This week Gillard has announced a new off shore processing area for asylum seekers. This time it isn’t Nauru but it is Timor. Don’t you think that Timor has had enough of Australia’s meddling? Weren’t our soldiers over there only a few years ago keeping the peace and making sure we got access to the Timor sea oil? Should we really be asking this poor nation to take asylum seekers while we are such a rich country. Why can’t they be processed here?
This is just another game of comeuppance that Gillard is playing with the leader of the opposition Tony Abbott. He is playing tough on the asylum seeker issue and Gillard has no choice but to play hard as well. She has to win the votes of those Australians who are frightened that we will be swamped by refugees, many of whom live in marginal seats and there are many of these obviously or Gillard and Abbott would not be playing this awful game.
It’s all about votes. So why does it matter if our PM is male or female? Is it possible in this age of rampant corporatization for anyone to lead differently? It seems not.