July 4, 2010 5:34pm CST
All my adult life I have carried a modicum of guilt because I have never been interested in politics. Not just politics, but the parties or the people in the parties or what they stood for. I've been aware of Julia Gillard, I realise, since she replaced Barry Jones, a brilliant man who before politics won lots of Game Shows...an extremely clever man; that was back in 98. There have been other women in politics but none of them drew me in or made me sit up and take notice as Ms Gillard has. While still not understanding and thereby caring about politics and politicians I realised in 2007 when the Labour government was elected with Ms Gillard as the Deputy Prime Minister I might have a shot at things. MsGillard is very articulate, speaking slowly and carefully so that you get the feeling that what she says is carefully thought out and she wants us to understand. The opposite of that of course is what most politicians do and that's spew out a ton of verbal garbage that they hope you won't listen to. Finally, I think I can be interested in politics, I can learn to understand what goes on because I like this woman. I want to listen and hear what she has to say. I don't care if she's an atheist, I respect her views as she deeply respects others. I don't care about her hairstyle or what she's wearing or whether her lipstick colour is correct. I don't care if she's married or not or has no kids. WTF has all that to do with anything? If anything it shows she is dedicated to her work and therefore dedicated to her country. They say "...the first female to be Prime Minister of Australia and the first PM with no children"...so what???!!! That's a lot more honest in my opinion. You cannot be a a proper parent if you are rarely at home because the job must come first. Finally...there is someone leading my country whom I can truly believe in and look up to and yes, trust. I sure do not feel sorry for that blubbering ninny who is a poser needing to be the centre of attention always. He deserved what happened to him. He was running off the field with the ball because his team mates wouldn't let him be a star.
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• Garden Grove, California
5 Jul 10
hi mstickle sounds to me like Australia has finally got a really good leader to be Prime Minister.I am glad its a woman too a s we need more women in politics all over the world. I am an American but had read about your ex prime minister who just was not cutting it at all. And its good that this woman is someone you and your countrymen can really trust. way to go.
5 Jul 10
I heard the other day on the news that a lot of voters were "genuinely fond" of Kevin and they are quite distressed that he was asked to resign by his own party. My feeling is ...is this the way the people should think of their Prime Minister? With "fondness"??? I don't think so. With admiration and trust yes, he should be a person of stature and intelligence, someone the people can look up to and rely on but not someone they can be fond of. Fondness is for elderly aunties or favourite nieces or nephews.
5 Jul 10
Thanks for this Post MsTickle! I am positively thrilled that Australia has a new and very shick female Prime Minister, and I hear that within a week of Accepting the Office she pulled a Rabbit out of the Hat (so to speak) and succeeded in passing important legislation related to mining in Australia. We need more Leaders of her ilk in the world today. Women who will put greed and indulgence, aside and get right down to the business of running the country! Congratulations Australia!
5 Jul 10
Thanks barehugs! It's a great time for us. Today she will be addressing Parliament in regard to the number of boat people being allowed into the country. It's a sore point. The leader of the opposition Tony Abbott said only last night..."Change the number of boat people coming in by changing the government". Getting rid of Kevin was a brave and bold move and I hope it hasn't cost the Labor Party the election...it would be just my luck...
• United States
4 Jul 10
How I envy you to have a Leader for your country who you respect and admire. Sadly I cannot say the same about our PINO (President in Name Only) who is only concerned about his needs and not the needs of the people of the USA.
5 Jul 10
Yes, whiteheather, it is surely a good feeling. Apparently your president felt sorry for the way our last PM was treated. I saw our Kevin cosying up to your bloke and I thought oh please NO. He was not a team player...more of a prima donna and a hypocrite (all schmaltzy smiles and sucking up in public and temperamental &foul mouthed when the cameras were off. Ms Gillard will do the job and do it right. I think she has come at the right time for her and the right time for Australia.
4 Jul 10
I'm pleased that you have found a leader that you have some faith in. I think we in the UK are instinctively distrustful of politicians. Rather hoping that our new government will start steering the right (small r) way. I have always been interested in politics, so much so that sometimes people are reticent about voicing their opinion lest they get more than they bargained for. If she has stimulated your interest, she is already doing something right!
4 Jul 10
I just wish I was better at expressing what I mean but yes, Memnon, you've hit the nail on the head. I hope Ms Gillard is as charismatic to everyone as she is to me. I'm quite pleased with myself that I finally have someone in politics to believe in and listen to.