WordPress is encouraging bloggers to take on a divisive issue so I have decided to swim with the sharks on this one!
Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is doing it tough but I still support her government. Many don’t. Her opponents think she should resign and go away quietly. Julia is our first female Prime Minister. She challenged the former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, in a leadership ballot three years ago and she won. She has faced two more leadership ballots, the latest one being Thursday 21 March 13. A national election will be held later this year.
Julia has taken on some enormous challenges and I believe, has implemented significant legislation such as: a carbon pricing system; a new tax on the “Super” profits of mining companies; her team have managed to keep Australia out of recession and employment has increased under their leadership.
Criticism directed at our Prime Minister is very personal and her crimes include:
- she has a “twang” in her voice made fun of by the media
- she has a big nose
- she is an atheist living in a de facto relationship (she doesn’t push her personal beliefs on to others)
- some say she has a big bum (I am sure mine is probably bigger but we won’t go there!)
Why are these issues important? If she was a man, would these issues get any air play in Australia? I don’t think so.
I confess I don’t support her policy on asylum seekers and the decision to process them off shore. I have great compassion for people escaping their repressive and dangerous countries and wanting a better life.
One cannot help but admire her inner strength against such incredible pressure and criticism. She is an inspiration along the lines of Maggie Thatcher but the other side of the political spectrum.
It is not my intention here to build a defense for Julia Gillard or to give an account of her government’s performance. I am trying to express my opinion and hopefully stimulate some debate about our Prime Minister and perhaps about women in leadership generally.
So, what do you think?
- Never again, says Kevin Rudd (theage.com.au)
- A farcical performance under the Canberra big top (abc.net.au)