@Robertf "But hang on, isn’t this the party who have stuffed up the implementation of important policies? Home insulation, school halls, carbon pricing, the NBN, humane response to asylum seekers etc. (Not that the other party is likely to be more humane!)"
The home insulation scheme, BER, NBN were and are great successes. What are you on about?
What nation building schemes have the right ever initiated and achieved?
The asylum seekers outcomes were stymied and shaped by the Greens and the Libs, the latter most definitely are not more humane. The former too uncompromising and ending up with worse outcomes for refugees.
Recall too that little Johnny stirred up all this hatred and paranoia towards refugees in the public mind that subsequent governments have to deal with. - Helen
It's Melissa, Dianne. The feminist voices that I want to hear are ones who aren't spruiking BS in defense of a woman who doesn't need defending, against misogyny that is not misogyny but the same flak that has been dealt out to male politicians since Gillard lowed the tone with her uncouth mouth and dodgy morals.
Who is at fault here? Is Abbott attacking her or denigrating her or is he behaving like someone with a bit of class.
The feminist voices I want to hear are the ones who demand mandatory twenty year sentences for rape and child abuse so that women and babies are not being abused and killed by animals on parol. I want to hear demands that single mothers be lifted from the generational cycle of poverty instead of being slammed harder and harder. I want to hear the voices who care for actual women rather than the survival of their male dominated, dodgy political party.
Don't worry about Gillard. She's risen to the top of Underbelly Labor and refuses to budge. She has the hide of an elephant and the instincts and manipulative skills needed to survive in the seediest of organizations. She doesn't need you to worry about her sensibilities. - Mel
@Wendy Harmer, "I am one who has always thought the “fat arse” comment was misinterpreted...... What Germaine subsequently said, admitting her original comment was “unwise” on Q&A Was:”You don’t understand how tough it is for little girls who think that having a fat arse is to be dead, is to be finished.”
Unwise is spot on, but only one thing I'd call it.
I fail to see how making fun of the PM's body shape on national TV helps the "little girls". Coming from a renowned champion of women's rights, it did the opposite. I didn't get any sense at all that there was any other interpretation of Greer's remarks, neither did the audience judging by their laughter. - Helen
Yay! What a battlecry! Go forth and spread the word! - DH
Being a Tamworth girl from way back I'm proud of my shared roots with Tony Windsor. He has shown himself to be a true statesman when they've been thin on the ground in this parliament. I'm well aware that country folk are inherently conservative, but to see him unseated by that buffoon Barnaby Joyce will perhaps be the worst outcome of all in the 2013 election. - Benison O'Reilly
TYLER DURDEN: Thank-you. - Nicoll
This article is truly incisive, and confirms my decision that the only way to vote is Labour. I hope we "Abbot -proof" the country come September. Julia for policy, achievement and simple dignity, - Judy
Julia Gillard is not President of Australia. Unless we live in the Lalor, we can't vote for her, only for the candidate running in our electorate (in my case Wentworth, little point in turning up to vote even if you're Liberal!). So the proposition should be "Vote 1 Labor".
But hang on, isn't this the party who have stuffed up the implementation of important policies? Home insulation, school halls, carbon pricing, the NBN, humane response to asylum seekers etc. (Not that the other party is likely to be more humane!)
And isn't this the party of faceless men who dumped the most popular Labor PM since Bob Hawke?
And aren't there MEN in the party who are now backstabbing Gillard?
So as most of us can't "Vote 1 Gillard" on election day, we will vote for the local member of the PARTY that we feel best represents our interests and that of the country. For me, after the debacle of recent years, that party is not Labor. - Robertf
I was stunned to see this. - kellendra
Feminist voices who agree with you eh Mel. Is it Melinda or Melvyn? Who are these feminist voices? Identify. I would like to read a feminist who believes JG has not been treated abominably. Let's put feminism aside then shall we and call it rudeness, degradation and bullying. Are those feminists you refer to in favourably of all that? Are you Mel? Are you of the opinion that JG deserves all she gets, that she is somehow responsible like those rape victims in the Middle east who are locked up because they had sex before marriage. - Dianne