I agree with Paul. I also think it is sad that hairy legs are automatically considered ugly because they are the natural state of affairs (admittedly not usually as hairy as the above, but who is to say what physical diversity is out there). This product perpetuates that societal pressure too. And I'm not sure there isn't something of that in your reaction, Hoopla. - Silvia
I like reading women's views in the Hoopla but lately it's become litte more than a biased political campaign for Julia Gillard. ENOUGH! - Kathryn
If the ALP put Rudd in again they will risk the female vote. - Dianne
Germaine I could have cried after the FAT ARSE gibe.
This article is what I crave.. Julia Gillard is an outstanding Prime Minister. I hope all women and fathers of women can see what a strong person she is and vote for her..After the disgusting things written and said in the MSM about her it is time every right thinking person takes a stand against such rubbish. . - Cheryle Beattie
Great . My thoughts exactly - Carole/m
Mel, I'm constantly asking the question of people who say they despise/detest/ hate Julia Gillard. Why? What has she done that makes people use these words in relation to her? Is it because Australia has a AAA credit rating? Or because we now have plain cigarette packaging? Or may it's because we now have DisabilityCare? No, hang on a minute, I know what it is. We now have a carbon tax which, since it's introduction, has resulted in reduced carbon emissions and an increase in investment in renewable energy sources. That must be it. But then again, a woman recently told me one of reasons she disliked Julia Gillard so much was because of "her red hair and that whiney voice". - ColleenD
What a revelation . I can't vote directly for
Julia Gillard , I'll actually have to vote in my own electorate OMG how can I ever thank you and here I was about to get on a bus and head straight for Canberra to vote !!!!!!!! - Carole/m
I will vote labor because Julia Gillard has been a good PM with good policies; because she has not been cowed by the bully boys of the opposition and her own party; because she manages to get out of bed each morning to handle with dignity and grace the shovel loads of vileness heaped upon her; because the thought of Tony Abbott as PM fills me with horror; and lastly because she is a good woman. I would not vote for her just because she is a woman, eg I would not vote for Julie Bishop if she were leader of the Opposition under any circumstances. And I will not vote Labor if Rudd regains the PMship. He and his followers sabotaged Julia Gillard in 2010 . They betrayed their own party and everyone who voted Labor. Now they are doing it again. I thought I was a rusted on Labor voter but Rudd is like a squirt of WD-40. - Jacqueline
Victoria, I live in a rural area of a Labor held electorate. I am not rich and idle, and I don’t know any Labor supporters who are.
I'm very happy with this Government, but fear how much Tony Abbott will wreck.
We have SAVED money on electricity bills thanks to ‘pink batts’, solar panels, and using power more efficiently;
looking forward to better broadband access with the NBN; building has commenced this year thanks to Labor on a badly needed new hospital;
PBS has lowered prices on popular medications we use;
a handicapped relative will get more support with NDIS;
all my grandchildren will get better education through improved Gonski funding;
the ‘school kids bonus’- big help;
‘plain packet cigarettes bold move towards tobacco-free kids; action on carbon is insurance for future generations;
security of employment for myself and family thanks to low unemployment, and Labor’s Fair Work legislation; superannuation reforms means more money in the future for my husband and I;
my parents also appreciate the genuine increases in their pensions - not pre-election bribes. - JoanneH
Assumptions about others lives and positions are always dangerously unpredictable things Victoria.
AS for the Carbon Tax, even China is now putting its own tax on carbon. The whole world agrees that something must be done to ward off the extremes of climate change. So, as you state that you live in a regional area, I would like you consider who it is that has to bail you and your neighbours out when there are floods, bushfires, tornadoes, cyclones and droughts. It is all the other taxpayers who must stump up emergency payouts. As climate change will only increase these events and most of them occur in regional areas, I think it would be smart of you to consider the carbon tax as something all of us will help you help yourselves.
As the day of the election gets closer the choice becomes all the more obvious for me. - Janet G