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Julia Gillard PM 23 Jun 2010

So Julia Gillard is Australia’s first woman to be PM. I hope she receives better treatment in that position than some of the other women who in the past have been sent in to clean up the mess!

I hope she is treated with the respect she is due. Over the last three years Julia Gillard has shown her toughness and her ability to deal with the rough and tumble of Australian politics. In fact, she has really shone through.

When she first became Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, I was dubious. Although pleased to see her in the position, I was not sure that she would be more than a sop to voters who thought there should be a little more equity in politics. But she has proven me wrong. That’s not to say that she is perfect, but until women are also permitted flaws in public life, we have come nowhere.

I hope she can be a good leader; the kind of leader Australia needs; someone thoughtful and frank; someone who listens. I hope that she is not saddled with too many expectations, because one person, one woman cannot fix all of society’s ills. I hope she can be a real person in a difficult job.

Associated Author: Susan Hawthorne

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I know someone for whom she was an articled clerk, many years ago. She says: 'If anyone can be the first female PM of Australia, it's Julia."
Posted by Lucy Sussex | 24 Jun 2010
Agree.

I wanted Julia in the leadership when they originally gave it to Rudd. In hindsight I can't help thinking the road to now may have been smoother.

"I hope she receives better treatment in that position than some of the other women who in the past have been sent in to clean up the mess!"

During Victorian Labor's early nineties debacle they threw the poison chalice at Joan Kirner knowing that as a potential first woman premier it was impossible for her to turn it down. Bastards. She had more decency in her little finger than any of them and was treated like crap.

"When she first became Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, I was dubious."
I wasn't. I'd been watching her for years. Penny Wong's a star too.

As I indicated above I never had any qualms about Julia. To me she was always the one who could break down the doors to the lodge for women.

"I hope she can be a real person in a difficult job."
I don't envy our pollies. The
Posted by gwallan | 30 Nov 2011

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