Today marks the tenth anniversary of Julia Gillard becoming Australia’s first female…
It bewilders me that our mainstream media is taking such a vociferous and concerted stand against public and international opinion. The impact of the speech is lost on them. One could be forgiven for thinking they have an agenda. Regardless of how much they condemn the Prime Minister, the world isn’t listening.
In a rare interview that she granted due to her role as chairman of mental health organisation Beyond Blue, Gillard also said the ‘‘lesson’’ that parties should not release detailed policies, as the ALP did, had been evident since the John Hewson-led Liberal Party defeat in 1993, but that there were ‘‘probably a few more factors’’ in Labor’s election loss.
‘‘I am prepared to say I was surprised. Surprised and disappointed,’’ Gillard said of the election result.’’
via Gillard’s take on Labor’s election – fear campaigning is easier now
In her account of her time as prime minister, My Story, Julia Gillard tells the story of the 17 days before she knew whether she or Tony Abbott had won. Typically, Gillard was concerned for others as well as for herself: Overwhelmingly my anxious colleagues were on the sidelines waiting to see if I could form a government, feeling helpless. I felt this powerfully when I rang Penny Wong and discovered that at ten in the morning she was roasting spices. She had decided to make a complex dinner from scratch to release her energies and fill in the time.
Source: Turnbull, historian | The Monthly
When was the last time you remember a US presidential candidate borrowing the political capital of an Australian prime minister in a campaign ad?
Source: Julia Gillard: from Australia’s first female prime minister to international superstar | Kristina Keneally | Comment is free | The Guardian