Julia Gillard

JULIA GILLARD’S UGLY TOP 10

All’s fair in love and war. In the rough and tumble of politics, all are targets.

Aren’t they?

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has copped her fair share of insults. Is it No Big Deal?  Game on, move on, nothing to see here? Or something else entirely?

You decide.

Here are the top 10 most-publicised barbs aimed at Ms Gillard who was sworn in as Australia’s first female Prime Minister on June 24, 2010.

 1. “On what should have been one of the proudest days of Gillard’s political career, she bungled it with a less than flattering haircut and a frumpy ’80s tapestry print jacket… Get yourself a stylist your own age.” Anita Quigley. Daily Telegraph. December 2006

2. “I mean anyone who chooses to remain deliberately barren… they’ve got no idea what life’s about.” Senator Bill Heffernan. The Bulletin. May 2007

3. “You won’t need his (PM Kevin Rudd) taxpayer-funded nanny, will you?” Sophie Mirabella. Parliament. May 2008

4. “She has chosen not to be a parent… she is very much a one-dimensional person… she just doesn’t understand the way parents think about their children when they reach a particular age.” Senator George Brandis. ABC Radio. January 2010

5. “She has showcased a bare home and an empty kitchen as badges of honour and commitment to her career. She has never had to make room for the frustrating demands and magnificent responsibilities of caring for little babies, picking up sick children from school, raising teenagers. Not to mention the needs of a husband or partner.” Janet Albrechtsen. The Australian. July 2010

6. “She looks like a real weakling.” Mark Latham. Sky News. August 2010  

(Latham also accused the PM of being inappropriate when she touched his chest in an interview: “The physicality of it was all on her side. I’m a happily married man and this sort of stuff I found a little bit out of the ordinary.”)

7. “Juliar Bob Brown’s Bitch” “Burn the Witch”. Placards at anti-carbon tax Rally. March 2011

8.  “Put her ( Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney) in the same chaff bag as Julia Gillard and throw them both out to sea.” *Alan Jones 2GB radio. July 2011

9. “You’ve got a big arse, Julia, just get on with it.” Germaine Greer. ABC. Q&A. March 2012

10. “(Australians)… ought to be out there kicking her to death.” Grahame Morris (former John Howard staffer turned lobbyist) Sky News. April 2012

P.S. Kate Ellis MP alleges Kevin Rudd denounced the prime minister as a ”childless, atheist, ex-communist”. He denies it but Ellis is adamant Rudd spoke those words. March 2012

 

*In the interests of balance: Bob Brown gets put in the same chaff bag a month later.

Photograph of Julia Gillard via Herald Sun.

 

 

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152 Comments

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Mel

    Superficial shite like this is totally unnecessary in the greater spectrum of political discussion, so why on earth it gets published in politics column by seemingly legitimate authors in national media is something we should all seriously question.

    On Points 7 and 10..What is this? The 15th century?!

    • Reply June 13, 2013

      Karyn

      It’s not “superficial shite”, Mel, it’s a constant barrage of derogatory, sexist comments, bullying and negativity. Take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror if you think this is ok.

    • Reply June 4, 2014

      Brent

      Because Murdoch wanted to bring down a government…. That’s how it gets published….

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Fiona

    That gets the blood pumping to the head of a morning! Just wondering, Wendy, for comparison’s sake, is it possible to have a top ten insults leveled at John Howard and Tony Abbott? Are they as bad? As personal? As offensive?

    I fear that I for one have been guilty of saying very nasty things about both of them…

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      julie

      There is a significant difference between insults and threats.

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Dez!

      Great point Fiona. Thanks.

      Yes Wendy – let’s see this list of insults leveled at Abbott and Howard (“little Johnny”, “wingnut” or “budgie smuggler” perhaps……)

      -D!

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Bushfire Bill

    Wendy, you forgot Grattan’s “falling on her sword” and Abbott’s “targets on her forehead”.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Bushfire Bill

    Oh, and Nikki Savva’s “earlobes too big.”

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    alan

    Tks Wendy. This is ugly isn’t it. Obvious question is what would be reaction if some labor person of Morris’s stature advocated drowning Abbott or kicking him to death?

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    smaug

    She is a woman of incredible bravery and fortitude. Imagine what your reaction would be if prominent public figures were advocating your execution, be it by drowning or being kicked to death or, worst of all, being targeted on the forehead. Why haven’t these people been charged? Sure as Hell if I advocated a public figure be assassinated I’d be locked up.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Kerry

    Good effort at collating the type of crap aimed at women in power, including 4 women who should know better and are just as nasty as the blokes.

    Your headline is just as misleading as anything in the msm though. Reads as another attack on JG; as if it could be a list of JG’s terrible mistakes!

    How about 10 UGLIEST JIBES AIMED AT OUR PM

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    denese

    How did we arrive at this, what a disgusting country i live in
    Otherountries, cherish having a lady as pm, years ago i marvelled at NZ. ireland,

    But of course if the press, were to become positive, would this be an issue

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Shruti

      I am totally aghast. Countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and now Burma have always had great, respected female leaders and never have I seen the discussion sink to these depths. For all her leadership challenges and flaws, I do not think PM Gillard deserves such vitriolic criticism. All leaders are flawed, that is the nature of leadership, and Australia as a society has some serious soul-searching to do whether we are ready for female leaders. Indeed if we are ready to send our daughters out to fight these unfair battles.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    denese

    Wendy i am sorry i wont vote as i dont want any change
    Only some media do, and i am not pandering to them

    Thankyou for your wonderful site

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    denese

    Lets hope the uk overnight decision makes a difcerence

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Turn Left

    Insults? Three of these are wanting her dead! Great, so the next time a women is victim of domestic violence and says to police “he threatened to kill me” the police can say “no sweetie, it was just a mistimed insult”

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Michelle

      re: Turn Left – I agree the domestic violence angle – I just wonder how many “men” suggesting she should be hurt are just displaying suppressed desires to beat women. And for god’s sake – you don’t have to have children to be “whole” Julia Gillard was raised in a family – a society – and is better educated than most of us here. The ALP party has shown that it has been successful passing more bills through Parliament than Howard did in his most successful years. DEMOCRACY at work…….people with different ideas and agendas working as a TEAM.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Steve Thomas

    In the name of fairness, perhaps the 10 worst for Abbott?

    I am sure he has had insults about his ears, his catatonic state when he can’t answer a question, the murderous look in his eyes he wants to deck a reporter, and his ape-like walk.

    On top of that, there is is penchant for wanting to keep taking his clothes off and showing all and sundry his other assets.

    I am sure I am not the only one to notice these and insult him accordingly.

    There are bound to be others.

    The above insults about Gillard include references to her fecundity, but at one stage I gather there was no question about Abbott’s even though he got is wrong on one occasion.

    • Reply June 13, 2013

      Karyn

      The difference there, Steve, is our insults never reach his (large) ears. The insults aimed at Ms Gillard are made by people of some importance. (Except Alan Jones, he’s important only to himself)

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    denese

    I remember an iced cake with a crodile
    Do you remember that one

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    jackie

    This only goes to show what an amazingly strong and resilient woman she is. I don’t know many people who could tolerate such nastiness.’
    At the end of the day she is a woman doing a job, a working woman. It’s appalling the way people think it’s OK to be so personal and insulting about her. I think it says more about them than her.
    Where is the respect ? We should not tolerate this sort of thing. Look carefully at the public figures who are making these abusive comments….judge them, not her. Imagine if someone was speaking about our sister, aunt, mother or daughter this way.

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  • Reply May 2, 2012

    julie

    Yes why haven”t these people been charged, particularly the threats that go way beyond defamation. Some politicians might deserve criticism – but not all. Who on earth would want the job to put up with this. Is tall poppy syndrome more apparent in politics than anywhere else, and are we really that angry as a society – scary.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Bert Maverick

    Most of these have nothing political in the message, they’re just insults about her physical traits…pretty disgusting. I also find those “doesn’t have kids, doesn’t know what life is” comments really insulting…so, what, she doesn’t have kids means she doesn’t know how to deal with adults in a childish political landscape? Wtf?
    Also, its been quite some time since anyone I know really gave a rats arse about anything Germaine Greer has had to say.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Cameron

    Interesting that four of the ten insults you’ve listed we’re made by women.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    debbiep

    .It is people like ‘these’ that abuse the rights of Freedom of Speech. Many seem to have turned in to what they once would have detested. To me it shows me what type of people they must be at home also. And the standards they raise their own children with. They say what comes around goes around. Can only imagine what their partners must go through.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    debbiep

    BTW~ As Bushfire Bill points out. Tony Abbott’s ‘ Target on her forehead” Is possibly the most important comment to point out as Ugly , for more than one reason. The position Abbott holds, the faith he cliams to hold… the example it holds to his daughters, and wife…etc etc etc.

    • Reply June 13, 2013

      Karyn

      Glad to see you here debbiep! And I concur. Standing in a garage doesn’t make me a car any more than going to church makes me a christian.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Tracey

    The strength Julia Gillard displays in getting on with her job despite the insults and threats aimed at her daily is admirable. And let’s not forget that the members of the Opposition and many people in the media, routinely and sneeringly refer to her as “she” rather than afford her the proper title of Prime Minister. It’s misogeny and immaturity writ large and it’s shameful.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Kristy

    This is embarrassing.

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard is our prime minister and I agree she has made some earth shattering mistakes but she is the closest thing I have ever had or will have to real representation in my government. I do admire her ability to keep going in the face of such childish derision and an unworthy opposition – and for that she has my support. She has delivered some amazing reform. Our country deserves better than the media and the government are giving us now – and the only way to change this is if WE keep demanding better. As a single thinking hardworking woman I fear an Abbott government – I fear what ti would say about us as a country and I fear the long term damage it would do to us as a society.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Stephen Callaghan

    Kate Ellis also stood by her partner David Penberthy when he called a child “the fat kid” 17 times in a news article, so I feel her claims may be tainted with hypocrisy

    • Reply June 13, 2013

      jane

      The fat kid-did Penberthy say the child should have been put in a bushell bag & drowned? Or that a parent died of shame because he lied, a lie in itself.

      It doesn’t excuse his hurtful & insensitive remarks, but they pale into insignificance alongside the disgusting, hateful venom aimed at the PM.

      And let’s not forget that jail bird Pickering’s obscene cartoons.

      Valid criticism is fine, but the vile campaign of obscenity and abuse directed at Julia Gillard by these jumped up bullies is beyond the pale.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Tracey

    Let’s face it, in this blokey country, who is going to feel comfortable with a woman in the top seat? Of course she is a target for attack- it goes without saying. Tony Abbott even gets less flack for going about in pervy swimwear(yuk!)
    Women can’t help getting in on the attack either. Shame, Australia, shame. Get with the 21st century like the rest of the world.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Brendan

    Great point Dez, wingnut, little Jonny, and Budgie Smuggler really, really sting…sting like “Do you want some ice for that?” sting. Truly offensive insults by 1940′s standards which come to think of it is the period virtually all of the Coalition’s social policies were developed. Abbott should get taxpayer funded counselling for “wingnut” but I strongly doubt he’ll ever fully recover from “Budgie Smuggler” as illegal fauna trading is a hideous accusation.
    I’m surprised Abbott’s been able to last so long under this torrent of abuse… he seems such a sensitive soul.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    MrsP2011

    Pretty damn disgusting in my opinion. It doesn’t matter what side of politics you favour, every political party has its positives and negatives. We, the voting public, find fault on a daily basis and no matter how hard our politicians sometimes try, it is never good enough. Personally, I really liked Kevin Rudd as our PM but sh-t happened and we now have a woman as PM. Personally again, I don’t think Australia was quite ready for a female prime minister. We are basically a bunch of yobbos and larikins with a down to earth attitude to life that is unequalled anywhere else in the world. Putting a woman in charge of the country would have been a shock! horror! situation which has taken, I suspect, many people a long time to get used to. Many will never accept a woman as PM. All of that aside, comments such as the 10 in this story, made by seemingly responsible adults, is a sad indictment on our society. I think I have mentioned previously in a comment on another story that Julia Gillard regularly posts on Facebook. Now there’s an education in what not to say in a social media comment. I have never seen such hatred and pure evil that is posted by some people. I am not a fan of Tony Abbott. He scares the hell out of me however, just recently, I heard a senior journalist refer to Tony Abbott as “rabid Abbott”. Where did that come from? The definition of ‘rabid’ usually refers to a dog which is afflicted with a terrible disease, rabies. If the so-called ‘pillars of society’, including our politicians and representatives of the voice of the people, the media, are resorting to mud-slinging of the worst possible kind, what message is that sending to our kids? Little wonder respect for your fellow human being has gone down the gurgler along with any sense of fair play.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Kid

    As others have said, there’s a big difference between insults and death threats out comments inciting violence against her. World of difference, and not just in a legal sense.

    Howard and Abbott have copped their share of vitriol, but nothing like the threats. And they certainly never copped this kind of stuff from their political opponents.

    Greer was the most shocking for me. She clearly just wants to be provocative to the point of stupidity these days.

    And I don’t get the obsession with her not having kids. Who cares. I hate the way pollies trot out their families when campaigning. Its the only job interview people bring their kids to.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Lady Jewels Diva

    Kick her to death no, give her a damn good slap, YES!

    I don’t like her, I have blogged and vlogged many times my utter hatred and anger towards her.

    Do women without children understand what women with children go through? No, I don’t believe we do.

    I’m 38 and childless, not by choice, as so many are. It’s a matter of finding a decent man to have them with. Does that mean I have no idea what women with children go through. I have nephews that I could not wait to get away from and to a very large degree I don’t.

    So I agree she wouldn’t know what women go through, what’s the saying, “walk a day in my shoes”. Julia needs to walk many days in many shoes because she DOES NOT understand what most of Australia goes through. Pensioners, unemployed, old people, young people, she has no idea. She was NOT voted for by the public and she does not bother asking the public what THEY think and want.

    She is a damn useless Prime Minister and needs to go.

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Cyndi Lee

      Lady Jewels Diva – and everyone else calling for a new election because they didn’t elect Gillard – go back to school. Australia had an election and the ALP won.

      • Reply May 2, 2012

        Lady Jewels Diva

        Cyndi, I didn’t ask for an election, I don’t need to go back to school. I don’t vote at all and the people DID NOT vote her in. She tied with Tony and then sucked up the backsides of the Greens and Independents. THAT is the only way she got to be Prime Minitser. And knifing Kevin Rudd in the back!

        • Reply May 8, 2012

          Sleuthcity

          And what do you say to the Liberals slithering up the backsides of the National Party to win office? And if you don’t vote then shut up (after you have paid the fine). Oh I can hear your diamonds clattering in indignation. Pardon Moi.

          • May 8, 2012

            Lady Jewels Diva

            Sleuthcity, who are you to tell me to shut up because I didn’t vote, and never paid any fines, just like millions of others, and so shouldn’t have a say in it. F OFF. As for the diamonds rattling, sorry a*hole, they’re in my ears sitting ever so pretty and very expensive!

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Joy

      Lady Jewels Diva,

      To put it simply, what the? Are you suggesting that previous or potential leaders are more attuned to the situations of civilians? Call me cynical, but I highly doubt the over-privileged, religious, white men such as Howard and Abbott can confidently say that they “understand” certain groups. They do not, as it very much seems that they don’t care to at all. I don’t understand how “you don’t understand every demographic in Australia” is appropriate grounds for criticism, let alone a “slap” as you put it.

      These comments are foul and unneeded. It appears their only purpose is to draw attention to the disgusting level of misogyny still very-present in contemporary politics. Those quoted have only achieved to embarrass themselves. Intelligent adults do not respond or resort to this kind of vitriolic rubbish.

    • Reply May 13, 2012

      kezadez

      I hate to put the kibosh on your comments, however, Julia actually WAS voted in by the Australian people. Remember? She ousted Kevin while he was still PM BEFORE the last election.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Sharny

    I think some of these comments are quite violent. My understanding is that villification and threats of violence are discriminatory and illegal. How is it that these comments continue without any recourse for the perpetrators of this violence…?

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Louise

    She isn’t alone on insults. What about George Negus and Yumi Stynes alleging Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith was brainless and a dud root. Let’s not make Gillard a martyr for all the insults she cops. It seems to me that the media, politicians and others think it’s ok to be rude, derogatory, etc to anyone. Where is the decency? I don’t like Gillard, nor do I have much respect for the shite job she’s doing. But the people who offer up insults as commentary – to anyone – political or otherwise- left or right (you’re foolish to think its only aimed at Julia – think burning effigies of Howard, etc) are really just not being very clever.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Kid

    Lady Diva, I think we’re long past the days where a woman had to have children before she could be seen as a real woman. The idea Gillard doesn’t know what women go through because she doesn’t have kids is nonsense. No pollie can share the experience of everyone in society, but interesting I’ve never heard these criticisms levelled at male pollies.

    She was elected in her seat like every other pollie, and a minority government is still a legit government.

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Lady Jewels Diva

      Kid, I don’t think that’s true. I don’t have children and will never fully understand what women with kids go through, and I willingly admit that. So why would she know? And she was NOT elected by the people!

      • Reply May 8, 2012

        Julz

        “The people” do not vote for the PM. It sounds like you need some basic lessons in the workings of Australian democracy. BTW, ignorant opinion being trumpted as fact is the number I thing I hate about the internet.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    speccygirl

    That’s just appalling. No woman deserves those comments.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Deborah

    It is one thing to have a swipe at someone but totally another matter when the insult gets personal or even worse, violent. I totally lay the blame at shock jock radio eg Alan Jones that have whipped up the frenzy of hatred towards our PM. Misogynist comments are out of line and should not be tolerated in this day and age. It shows how backwards we are in the way we treat our female leaders. Incitement of violence should be reported straight to police.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Jennifer Smart

    These are relatively polite compared to the insults put on air by ‘talkback radio hosts’. They’ve included comments such as ‘menopausal monster’ and ‘does the the taxpayer have to pay for her tampons?’ All radio stations have the ability to block such comments because of the delay switch, but these, and many equally awful comments, are allowed to go to air. Insults are one thing, but this is sexist loathing. Male politicians are not subjected to the same level of vitriol that is directed at Julia Gillard and many other female politicians in this country.
    @Lady Diva – she was elected by the people. We had an election in 2010 and Julia Gillard was the leader of the Labor Party.

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Lady Jewels Diva

      No she wasn’t! She tied with Tony and only got through because the Greens and Independents sided with her. She DID NOT become PM because of public votes! Do you people not remember that, Jesus!

      • Reply May 2, 2012

        julie

        Perhaps you need to go and type m-i-n-o-r-i-t-y g-o-v-e-r-n-m-e-n-t into google and do a bit of reading so you understand how they actually work. They have worked extremely well in countries around the world and can provide great opportunities for reform. You don’ t like Julia- who do you want running the country? I can’t stand Abbott. Hypocritical, opportunistic mysogynists find it hard to relate to many- and don’t want to.

      • Reply May 6, 2012

        wb

        And if Tony Abbott was now PM, he would have achieved it by the very same means, Diva. Would you be bitching about it then? I think not. But he did not, because he was unable to convince the independents that he and his party were fit to lead the country… in fact, as was later revealed, his desperate pursuit of the top job at any cost (do anything, say anything) put them off side. And as other have pointed out, minority governments can get things done, and this one has, though they have also made some monumental blunders and given the Coalition plenty of ammo and the media many column inches.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Gwen

    I find the willingness of people to put this sort of stuff into print or other media quite dispiriting. I am all for robust debate and “frank exchanges of views” as they are important aspects of democracy but is it really necesary to make rude and offensive remarks about people’s appearances, marital staus etc etc? Question Time in our parliaments display a very poor standard of debate and I would like to see discussions about the issues and not the personal characteristics of the speakers.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Siham Owen

    Julia as a PM has done nothing good for Australia, Australia is going down because of her government it’s never been this bad since she kicked Rudd out, I’d hate her as an enemy if that’s what she does to friends…
    As for the insults they aren’t necessary not in this day and age we live in.

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      stand up

      I think if you did a historical search you would see under every leadership there are people claiming Australia has “gone down the gurgler”. I am not sure how well read you are but perhaps look at some international news and see what good state Australia is in. That is not to dismiss the every day struggles of people, but you live in a economically sound, peaceful country, with freedom of speech and rights of the individual. You know where your next meal comes from and there are support mechanisms in place if you don’t. You have a fair legal system, access to healthcare and open access to education for your kids. You are not concerned about bombs going off at night, corruption or lack of access to services based on race, religion or gender. Stand up and represent the change you want to see if you want it. It is just to easy to sit and complain but when you look at yourself in the mirror can you ask yourself how you have contributed?

      • Reply May 3, 2012

        pam

        Nicely put, ithank you for expressing so eloquently the views that I share. Austrtalia is doing exceptionally well economically in comparison with most of the developed world, and our PM is putting into place policies that support and protect those less able to take care of themselves (the elderly, those with disabilities) in a neoliberal economy. She has also acted decisively for ourchildren’s future on education and with carbon pricing. Whether you agree or disagree with her policies, she’s doing the job her government was elected for.

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      julie

      I understand Gillard has got more legislation through- despite the minority government that any other Prime Minister. The problem in Australia voters is they seem to want people in power to make ridiculous promises to get voted in, then totally backflip (but only if you’re a Liberal) , better still do nothing Look at the NSW and Victorian govts right now – both backflipping, breaking promises. What did people think they were voting for!

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Lady Penelope

    This just makes me sad. Not only are we a country of whingers but we have a serious issue with women in power. I worked in parliament when Amanda Vanstone was a Senator and overweight, badly dressed men felt free to attack her on a regular basis on her personal appearance. Again a woman with no children. When I was child in the 60′s there were numerous women in my family and the community who were neither married or had children (referred to then as spinsters) but I don’t recall derogratory remarks about them and my mother and her friend sometimes openly envied them.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    mangosan

    Its just because she’s a woman.Both male and female Aussies need to get over it. They still can’t handle woman who has chosen her own path which is different to the mob.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Bev

    Lady Jewels Diva – if you were a South Australian you would know that the PM has a sister and a nephew and niece that she adores and who return that love. She lovingly included them in one of her first outings as PM and referred to how proud she was of her niece’s recent achievement. Gillard also has parents she is very close to and who must be very hurt by the vitriol directed at their daughter.
    Welsh people are a little shy and reticent to push their own barrel. Their emotions can be very tightly held inside but they are extremely loving people.
    Gillard will deserve all the accolade she is entitled to from the work she has done in her career. As a lawyer she was a fighter for injured and illtreated workers, as a backbencher she was a hardworker, as DPM she achieved good things in education and IR and as PM she is a doer – she is not vain and she is definitely not a liar as depicted by Mr Abbott and the rabble shockjock brigade.
    I’m proud that our first female PM will stand tall in our history.
    I’m sickened by the comments Wendy has posted and it’s time that ACMA got some courage to fine or delicense the radio/tv stations & newprint which allow these comments to stand without challenge.

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Lady Jewels Diva

      Bev, the WHOLE OF AUSTRALIA knows she’s from SA and has a sister. That was not my point and had nothing to do with what I said! Her being Welsh has nothing to do with it and as for being proud that our first female PM only became so because she knifed the then PM in the back to take the job and then had to suck up the backsides of the Greens and Independents to keep the job, because she didn’t get enough of the public vote, what the hell is that to be proud of?

      • Reply May 3, 2012

        julie

        Wow- you really need to read more broadly. Gillard was put in because the caucus wanted KRudd gone because of his leadership. He seems a nice bloke but he didn’t engage the group. Gillard does which is why she has the support of the caucus. Just because you don’t like her, and the media generally is feeding the misogynism does not make her a bad leader. Her problem is she’s an excellent CEO style manager- not a charismatic headline stealer.

      • Reply May 8, 2012

        Sleuthcity

        Sheesh; give the backsides a rest Luv. Graham Morris ought to be ashamed of himself. Go stand at the back of the room till we tell you to go home and tell Mummy what a bad boy you are. Abbott should take his hand off it and put some pants on please. Leave Julia’s bum (look who’s talking Germaine you old coot) and her womb out of it. I am so proud to have a female PM who is doing a damn fine job. Sucks to the Tory Boys, the braying pack with nothing to contribute. How many times was Mr Slipper pre-selected by the Tories? Hmm? Does Nanny know he is out and about?

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Jules

    It’s time for Australia to grow up. Excusing these types of comments or brushing them aside as “larriken” culture is not acceptable. Personally, I don’t think the larriken/mateship/yobbo culture of Australia is anything to be proud of. Being PM does open yourself up to critique but some of these are open threats. Also, how can you develop “utter hatred” for someone you do not actually know? Anyone who has “utter hatred” needs to seek some kind of support or counselling to come down from that ledge.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Bluenosedtory

    As a liberal/tory can I just say that while I disagree with her politics, style and leadership these insults all drive at her being a woman and are a disgrace. Political jibes are juvenile but the norm from both sides – but these are personal attacks and have no place in this country. I find the comments about her appearance and her parental status particularly low – these remarks are from the dark ages to say the least.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    LORRAINE COLLOPY

    What is wrong with the Media your site included,if these comments weren’t printed then the lack of publicity would leave Julia some peace,she has more Guts than any male
    politician,she amazingly keeps on with her job and doing good things for us the Voters,why does this malicious repetitive abuse of Julia persist,every day 6PR,The West and Channel 10 have vitriolic comments,would the management or certain board members be demanding these actions???I admire The Prime Minister for her stoicism!!!

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    catecat

    The acid test of Sexism: reverse the gender of the person in question and then see how the comments or situation fits…..

    Would Mr Julian Gillard be treated like this by the media? Would there be catcalls about fashion sense, offspring, kitchens and bum size? I don’t think so!

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    shelley

    Opened up a veritable can of worms did the publishing of these 10 comments. Most of the responses fortunately support Ms Gillard and I do too. Must be a very hard job to do when people are not out to knife you let alone when they are. The time will come when Ms Gillard is no longer PM and these type of comments will no longer be relevant in her life. But the people who have made the comments, they will still be around and affecting our lives and making this country look backward. Oh dear, poor us. What on earth can we do? (Thanks Ms Gillard for being our first female PM and at least having a go.)

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Susan

    The sign of a great leader is one that despite the vitriol and the behaviours exhibited by those around her including Mr Rudd-she keeps on going. She has always been a hard worker. She has behind her the most experienced cabinet I have ever seen and I could NEVER see Tony Abbott negotiating with the independents as well as she has.
    The fact that the most visionary policy The National Disability Scheme will be up and running soon shows what she does understand. As a disabled person myself I look forward to our society finally becoming a more egalitarian society with its implementation. On the battle field she would have awarded a VC by now….

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Mari

    Susan that is what I admire about Julia Gillard, she just gets on with her work and ignores all the scuttle put about her, more power to her

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Caz (The Truth About Mummy)

    As a prime minster I find Julia Gillard disappointing. But as a person I think she’s awesome. Go her for standing up for being who she is and taking it to the glass ceiling with a sledge hammer!

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Julie Morgan King

    I am heartily sick of the nasty personal jibes aimed at the PM and please don’t respond about bagging of Tony Abbott in his budgie smugglers and mocking John Howard’s googly eyes, whiny voice and flappy ears. This country need to grow up and lose its adolescent humour! I will never have a go at someone’s physical attributes, if only because as a mother, I don’t want my kids listening to bitch-face codswallop from someone who should know better; from someone who should practice what she preaches.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Pete

    Boo hoo. Her few remaining fans want her to be treated like one of the boys – then complain when she is. Anyone remember Little/Honest Johnny’s eyebrows and talking like he had a peg on his nose? Or the old Hawkey ear-lobe grope when he was lying. Oh – and Keating the Undertaker.

    I don’t care what they look like – I do care about how they act. If they want respect they can earn it – if they lose it they can do their job for a change and maybe get the respect back – or they can sit around having their pity parties trying to work out why the big bad electorate “doesn’t share their great vision” and booted them on election day.

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Cyndi Lee

      Hey, Pete – where’s your evidence that Gillard is sitting around having a “pity party”? By all accounts, she’s getting on with the job despite a rabid, partisan Canberra press corps, shock jocks and home-grown Aussie whingers. Sound a lot like good leadership to me.

      • Reply May 2, 2012

        Pete

        Cyndi – I meant the pity party they have on election night when they get thrown out. Like Little Johnny’s performance when he was booted. “I did a great job – I did this and that” blah blah.

        Julia’s “getting on with the job/leadership” is heading us straight to an Abbott PMship *SHUDDER*

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    debbiep

    Sadly the way the polls are , I wonder if that it even matters or even if it IS a ‘woman’ thing. We have all witness Tony Abbotts displays of inappropriate comments to those whom are sick , dying or dead. From Bernie Banton to the young fellow serving this country . Yet, soon it seem the majority will vote him in as a Leader. Says more about the people who let these issues have merit..

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Cyndi Lee

      Probably wishful thinking, but I suspect Abbott may be the ALP’s saving grace.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Clare

    so many comments about not having children – ‘she wouldn’t understand’. did anyone stop to think for one second that she may have wanted to? perhaps it wasn’t her decision?

    • Reply May 13, 2012

      kezadez

      I was thinking the same thing myself. Lots of people who say “they don’t have children” actually mean “they cannot have children”. It is such a private and personal issue.

      I really take offence as “no children” comments imply that you do not WANT children, nor understand people who do have children.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Jessica

    Yeah, I have to say all I can think of is all the constant diatribe about John Howard’s eyebrows. Politicians have been torn down over their appearance long before Julia.

    HOWEVER, how much do male politicians have to do with thier own children? I don’t imagine much. Being a politician with children doesn’t put you in touch with the ‘struggles’ of the everday Australian either – unless you’re a pollie that is trying to raise your children on $35,000 like me.

    The whole thing just disappoints me that we can’t come up with anything more intelligent or relevant to say than to comment on appearance, sex or family status. Can’t we debate about the policies? Apparently not, it might hurt to think.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    The Huntress

    It’s so frustrating that all these insults are directed at Gillard’s personal life. Would these people say the same insults to their own friends in similar circumstances? Are we really so backward that we condemn a woman who actually does choose to live her life in the manner she wishes? I don’t always agree with Gillard, however I admire that she IS the first female PM of Australia and as a woman I find inspriration that she has gone against the odds to smash her way through the glass ceiling to get to the top. Whether you agree with labor policy’s or not, she has made it to where no woman has gone before and for that she deserves respect and recognition. Not schoolyard insults over the size of her bottom or choice of dress.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Jo Johnstone

    just so disappointed and annoyed that hoopla has even published these negative and ugly comments – isn’t there enough of this loss of integrity, backbiting and character assassination out there without hoopla joining in???

    • Reply May 2, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      We haven’t “joined in”, Jo. It’s a list. And I think, worth compiling. The comments reflect that. The Hoopla presents this list for discussion. It’s one we should have.

      • Reply May 2, 2012

        Jo Johnstone

        point taken wendy….i propose hoopla organises an ‘optimistic & positive’ day where we all are mindful of being, well, optimistic & positive…..think it would be challenge to all hooplarians? although don’t know how it could be measured as being successful, maybe everyone will feel a bit lighter and more united?

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    jenran

    It really is unnecessary and ignorant for the media to be publishing these unpleasant insults about Julia Gillard or any other politician. By reporting on this garbage they reduce themselves to the level of the idiots who make the comments. Julia seems to come in for more than her share, based as much on her physical attributes as on her policies and leadership style. What on earth does her shape have to do with anything? Are those who criticize her backside perfect themselves? A lot of the comments we read come across as schoolyard bullying. And so what if she hasn’t had children? There are plenty of people who have them when they clearly shouldn’t have done. She preferred to be a career woman, and that is her right to make that decision. We obviously haven’t come very far on the female emancipation road!

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    james larkin

    The people making these remarks are the ugly ones and they reduce the quality of Australian dignity and good manners.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Deb

    Fu**ing disgraceful

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Michelle

    Interesting. Tony gets “assets” when pejoratives are thrown in his direction for stripping down to his togs but Julia gets “fat arse”! It’s pervasive within the language we use to describe appearance for both genders. One gets words that are inherently positive, the other words that are outrightly negative. And it’s still women who struggle against the belief they are mere shape objects for the ogling and gratification of men.

    It makes me so cross that footy players get a serious rap on the proverbial knuckles for making racial slurs (as they should) but it is considered quite okay to point out a woman’s physical features, clothing and lifestyle choices for the purpose of making disparaging remarks, especially if she is
    in a highly public position. The hypocrisy is astonishing.

    The misogyny in political spheres surely ensures that the gender balance will remain as unrepresentative as it ever was.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Joy

    @Bret, no one is listening to Germaine Greer? She is one of the most influential feminist thinkers of both my generation and the one before me. That’s why I found it so terribly disappointing when she spoke this way about JG.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    MrsP2011

    I agree with Wendy Harmer. The Hoopla has brought this to our attention for the benefit of discussion and because the comments directed at and about Julia Gillard, are inappropriate and disrespectful, whatever our opinions are. For the most part it has been fairly robust but I do wish that some people would not put fingers to the keyboard without reading the comments thoroughly instead of picking up on a few words her and there and then diving in, mouth first.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Di Lange

    I remember what Joan Kirner and Carmen Lawrence went through. And Bronwyn Bishop actually. Is it easier to shaft a woman? Germaine Greer’s comments on Q and A stunned me!! I guess Julia will be remembered for all these comments rather than the really effective changes that are being made like her committment to Education and Industrial Relations just for starters. Who else could have negotiated minority government so well? Well?

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    julie

    In America people are respectful of the office of the President simply because of what it represents – at least until they got one that scared people because of their prejudices. We don’t have the same automatic respect here but – at least until they got one that scared people because of their prejudices holds firm.

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    bee

    • Reply May 3, 2012

      Mez

      The Projet aired a video of Tony Abbott riding a horse. His hat blew off and they put the sound of a bullet to it. Incredibly funny to shoot the Leader of the Opposition in the head? Air it on prime time TV?

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    annie

    Julia Gillard can only be understood and admired by women with or without children who has worked in boys club and continued to keep their mind and energy on the job in spite of the rubbish from men and women who supposedly work around her who only have interest in themselves. Spend a weekday and in Canberra cafes at lunch time and you can can get a feel for the hangers on wankers that make up the bulk of public servants and back benchers in tisi country. Most have only ever read a rupert newspaper . The litmus test for maturity and intelligence is how you keep your composure in a world gone mad.

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    BruceC

    I can’t recall a level of nastiness ever constantly levelled at a PM such as what is happening to JG.
    Nor of the apparent view of incompetence despite the actual results to the contrary.

    • Reply May 3, 2012

      Mez

      Bruce, we are well over 200 billion dollars in debt! The interest alone would build a super hospital every year of the decades it will take us to repay it! The government is an abomination!

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    Jenny MacKinnon

    HI there,

    You think blokes (and blokettes) think that kind of thing is a bit of a joke?

    I wrote a blog post about the ‘kick to death’ comment here: http://haverinobservations.blogspot.com.au/

    When it comes to AFL tribunal, they sure don’t.

    Ed: sorry bout posting a link elsewhere here; I hope you don’t mind…

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    JoanneH

    The Prime Minister is a tough politician, articulate and intelligent, and has responded with dignity and grace to the onslaught of misinformation, and personal venom she has been forced to endure for years.
    . Ray Hadley deserves to be added to the ‘shame’ list. He has called the Prime Minister an ”imbecile” and repeated his listeners’ venom: ”The bloody stupid, dangerous woman in the top job . . . our vitriolic, bitter, lying, condescending, arrogant, facade of a prime minister” He, together with Piers Ackerman, and Andrew Bolt enjoy stirring up hatefulness towards the PM, and laugh it off as “Free Speech”

    • Reply May 3, 2012

      Mez

      People are furious. I hear these comments every day. This government is loathed beyond belief.

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    Leanne

    I’m disgusted.

    Looks like Australia still has a long way to go, doesn’t it?

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    (Paris) Hilton

    Wendy Harmer, in respect of this issue, you are so doing the right thing on Hoopla. One comment from a Jo Johnstone was I think arguing it was making things worse for Julia Gillard. You replied straight away with: it is the discussion we have to have. Wendy I support you on this one. The vile, disgusting, disgraceful personal attacks we hear and see directed at our great Prime Minister Julia Gillard, represents a terrible low point for our society. We are all witnesses to a sad and dangerous development in Australia’s relatively young democracy. Many of the comments you have listed and the many you haven’t listed, have been spat out by women. When I heard Germain Greer on the ABC’s Q and A show that night, I thought feminism took a direct hit. Respect and dignity both came crashing to the ground like those twin towers that awful September day. And we all watched on in disbelief.

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    SandsOfTime

    I found the response of a British politician to a similar tirade of personal abuse very interesting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17936006

    We need to call out bullies and show that this is not acceptable.

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    Mez

    Julia isn’t the only victim. Julian Burnside’s pedophile tweet that was directed at the Catholic church in general and Tony Abbott in particular, Larissa Behrendt appalling insult to Bess Price, the disgusting wish that Melinda Tankard Reist be anally raped with a coffee cup, placards calling John Howard a baby killer.

    And let’s not forget Tony Windsor’s ‘rabid dog’ comment. Any man on the land knows what a thinly veiled threat of violence that is.

    Neither side is on higher moral ground here but one side is letting the country down badly and people are frustrated and angry. Angrier than they’ve ever been with a government since Federation.

  • Reply May 4, 2012

    JoanneH

    Mez, Poor Tony Abbott,.. was it his anger at Julia not handing him the keys to the Lodge that caused him to call on her to “make an honest woman of herself”, and make the comments – “from Julia ‘no’ doesn’t mean ‘no’ “, and “ Julia’s wearing a shit-eating-grin” ?

    Last August it was reported from Parliament House that Christophe Pyne, and Joe Hockey followed the PM like two schoolboys, with Hockey bellowing “Please release me, let me go, ‘cause I don’t love you anymore…” and Pyne doing his best to affect a menacing gravitas, was taunting repeatedly “your drowning Julia, not waving, you’re drowning Julia,”

    Parliament House sources said those antics –directed at the nation’s first female PM – usually flare up when the Coalition has had a bad day, revealing the behavior is not even a political tactic, more a venting of frustration and rage
    .
    Angry bullies, demanding their ‘born-to-rule’ entitlement?

  • Reply May 4, 2012

    Airdre

    what happened to leaders we respect, with dignity, gravitas? How hard is it to be in power when there are childish, puerile, infantile boys scarily in the halls of power

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  • Reply May 4, 2012

    Lucy

    JoanneH nice – I remember that one it didn’t get the press it deserved either.

    Mez – just listen to yourself – they are the same sorts of excuses perpertrators of domestic and emotional violence use to justify their position. You can be as angry and as frustrated as you like but when you hold a position of power, like the media, like politicians, like all of us in one way or another as parent, husband or wife it’s not OK to resort to the type of sexist bullying, or bullying or violence of any kind. No one has the right to say the things they have been saying against the PM. And no matter how you twist and turn it the PM has copped more insidious abuse than any male in office. And some by woman who should hold their head in shame.

  • Reply May 6, 2012

    Chris

    She is a good person and doing her utmost for the country.
    She has faults – like us all! But her marital status and general appearance shouldn’t be an issue.
    Anyway i like her looks and am proud to have her as my PM!

  • Reply May 6, 2012

    Mal

    The unfortunate response from this poisonous vitriole is the Australian electorate nodding their head in agreement so that they don’t have to waste 5 minutes thinking about the fact that Australia is in the best shape of the Western Bloc. Perhaps we could have the LN front bench charged with treason for their damage to the confidence of the country by endless lies and pandering to big business, particularly the mining companies. C’mon Australia…THINK!!!!

  • Reply May 7, 2012

    Chris Hanna

    Having read Julia Baird’s great book, “Media Tarts” some years ago, ( re how women politicians are treated in Australia) I am not at all surprised by the vitriole aimed at Julia Gillard. We live in a misogynist society and it wouldn’t matter how good she was, she would still cop it. This is a great pity as she has achieved some wonderful things, including the carbon tax!! We need strong, moral & ethical politicians and Julia is one.

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  • Reply May 8, 2012

    Jane

    The media hasn’t forgiven Julia for not seeing her rise to the top coming; she manages the media like the beast it is; and in this country it represents bogan male dominance mentality. I applaud her intelligence and policy making. I like how her team don’t play at the bully level of her opponents. I admire for my daughters that she represents a great figure head. I am saddened at the gutter mouth tactics given airplay – Australia looks stupid to the outside world because of it.

  • Reply May 8, 2012

    Jane

    p.s Go back to Cambridge Germaine Greer or celebrity challenge U.K – I’ve just taken down all the books I’ve loved of yours for 20 years from my shelves – you no longer represent me.

  • Reply May 8, 2012

    JohnD

    There exists the continual resentment that a female, any female, dare to be the first female Prime Minister of Australia. Her taking over from Kevin Rudd was not so much that Rudd was defeated and thrown out of the PM’s office as it was that this was done and done by a female. The campaign maligning Julia Gillard has always been laced with the innuendo that she is a female, a weak, failure of a female. This has been carried out in the absence of any clear and decisive policies from Tony Abbot and the liberal party that would counter Labor’s ‘steady-as-she-goes’ style of government.

  • Reply May 8, 2012

    Margot

    I agree Jane. I was appalled by Greer’s comments about the PM. This, from a woman who helped so many women find a voice for themselves over the past 40 years. You expect the nasty stuff from the likes of Albrechtsen, Alan Jones et al, but Greer’s comments really were below the belt.

  • Reply May 8, 2012

    Carole

    There is no excuse or justification for the language directed at the Prime Minister. I have lived through quite a number of PMs, and have never heard the vitriol and abuse to which Julia is subjected. And it is a sexist occurrence because similar problems exist in other democracies. If it is possible to demean even the most powerful woman in Australia, what does that tell the rest of the female population? Check out the video clip . If you have special women in your life – a mother, partner, wife, daughter, grand-daughter, niece – become a pro-active campaigner to eradicate discriminatory and abusive language in the media.

  • Reply May 8, 2012

    Andrew Page-Robertson

    I only ‘signed up’ to the hoopla tonight, on the strength of the review given in todays ‘Age’, otherwise I would not have heard of it. I think Wendy’s article was highly necessary. In a country with such a controlled Press, it is not uncommon for reference to past ‘editorial comments’ to mysteriously vanish at some future date, and I suspect most of those you spoke such vitriol will happily deny it, or say it was taken out of context, whenever it suits. So, well done! I will continue to read the hoopla with interest. One point however. I have had to give up reading the online ABC Drum comments, because it has degenerated into a private forum where a handful of people who can’t use spellcheck all screech at each other. I hope the hoopla doesn’t go that way. Far to many posts by and about the ‘lady and her diamonds’ or whatever. How about access is restricted to one post per topic? I don’t want to read endless personal drivel posted by someone who doesn’t even have a name,

    • Reply May 8, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Thanks Andrew. Glad you have joined us! Whilst we do not insist our commentors have a name, you can rest assured this site is carefully moderated.
      Some obnoxious comments on this topic have not made it to the page and we at The Hoopla pride ourselves that the overwhelming majority of our readers’ comments are very thoughtful and thought-provoking. Hope you continue to enjoy our site.

  • Reply May 12, 2012

    Felicity

    Whenever Julia Gillard addresses the media, she talks about policy. Whenever Tony Abbot appears he repeatedly hurls insults and derision against Julia Gillard, shouting it at the top of his voice in Parliament. The scary part is that the rank and file absorb and accept his drivel (according to the latest polls). I’m so tired of hearing ‘O darnt lok Julia’ in the supermarket, bank, cafe or anywhere where people, and mainly women congregate. The hysteria spread by Abbott is reminiscent of another politician in 1933 Germany who screamed hatred to the masses and was rewarded by their blind adoration, with disastrous consequences. The new mottto is ‘put the boot in’ and ‘blame the victim’. At 73, I am in despair.

  • Reply May 13, 2012

    MidnightBlue

    You missed Sacha Baron Cohen’s suggestion that Julia have a sex change operation. He said that if she changed sex to female she would be more popular. My only problem with her is trying not to cringe when she speaks.

  • Reply May 13, 2012

    Dave

    How can we be expected to respect a blatant LIAR regardless what gender they are?

    • Reply October 12, 2012

      KH

      Give me three lies. Not broken promises, but lies.( if you know the difference) Give me three. Yes, hard isn’t?
      Alan Jones says something and all his dumb toadies (who are too lazy to read or do their own research) quote him.

  • Reply May 13, 2012

    Felicity

    Midnight Blue, I know how you feel, I cringe every time Abbott sucks his tongue and smacks his lips before each phrase, punctuating it all with ‘ugh’ or um’ while he searches for something to say.

  • Reply May 14, 2012

    JoanneH

    Last year Julia Gillard attended a meeting with News Limited editors and executives. A close friend of mine who works there (not a journalist) told me she made an amazingly good impression on them all. Despite the atmosphere being rather cool at first she was charming, intelligent, and presented her plans for the future with confidence.

    Silly me, after hearing all that I thought the PM may get some fair and balanced treatment by News Ltd. media. That did not happen, and a few days later, Andrew Bolt, Glen Milne, and others starting rehashing previously denied false rumours of ‘crimes’ with an old union boyfriend.

    The story was subsequently pulled, and apologies issued after she angrily complained to the editors, but she received more criticism for being too sensitive and trying to silence ‘free speech’, and they haven’t let up since.

    It seems to me that our PM has two virulent enemies, Tony Abbott, and Rupert Murdoch, and an unequal battle with them.

  • Reply May 14, 2012

    (Paris) Hilton

    hey Joanne H you are so right !!!!! Tony Abbott with Rupert Murdoch’s own personal press corp behind him is a virulent foe indeed. Don’t forget however to mention the enemies of our PM and her reforming Labor government includes the ABC and the Australian Financial Review. The politics of these media outlets is so obviously biased to the conservative forces now. The ABC has been very conservative for a long time; (Little Johnny Howard made sure of that way back). And the political opinions and editorials you now find expressed in the Fin Review under the watchful eye of Editor-in-Chief Michael Stutchbury, are competing with the Murdoch press for the ignorant. The Fin Review is almost unreadable these days.

    If anyone is not sure of these assertions, just listen to ABC Radio National in the mornings with that Fran Kelly, and watch The Drum, or try and watch The Insiders. Recently, we all witnessed yet another disgraceful performance from Chris Uhlman on the ABC’s 7:30 Report. Uhlman was aggressively insulting Julia Gillard on prime time TV. The Fin Review will cost you $3 a day for the same sought of nasty vitriol you’ll find being hurled at the PM in the even cheaper Murdoch selections. Read the pages of insults and gossip culture articles in the Fin Review penned by the likes of: Jennifer Hewitt, Laura Tingle, Louise Dodson, Geoff Kitney and the embarrassing Rowan Dean, just to name a few. All these so called journalists do now is try to undermine the Federal governments achievements and pull down Julia Gillard.

    Main stream media organisations such as the ABC and Fin Review are however attacking from a position of strength. They have an image or reputation if you like of respectabilitiy and a considered approach to issues. The ABC would still have a “lefty” image in the minds of a lot of people. Not anymore !!! Keep an eye on the ABC and the Fin Review and count how many times a day you get the opinions of the right wing “think tanks” such as: the Institute of Public Affairs.

    Julia Gillard’s success as PM has riled the conservative forces. The conservative main stream media in Australia is closing rank behind (“Their Man”) Tony Abbott. They “got the job done” for (“Mr Action”) Cambell Newman in the recent Queensland state elections. So Joanne H, I’m on your side. However, unless there is something like the Levison Enquiry conducted here in Australia very soon, we should just get used to Tony Abbott and Rupert Murdoch.

  • Reply July 4, 2012

    rob

    Cut to the chase. We ( voters) have had enough of this woman. Gillard HAS to go!

    Rob

    Narrogin

  • Reply August 12, 2012

    JooR

    A few Words .. particularly to Mr Heffernan..
    THE POPE… CARDINAL PELL … JULIE BISHOP

  • Reply August 18, 2012

    Mmm

    With her famous quotations like “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead.” & “We have determined as a Labor Party the Marriage Act will stay unchanged,” i can see why she gets the responses she does http://www.quotti.com/Julia_Gillard

  • Reply August 29, 2012

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  • Reply October 12, 2012

    KH

    Why do people keep saying she lied about the carbon tax? It was a broken promise. There’s a difference!
    Anyway, she’s PM for some time to come so all you bile spewing conservatives can do is call Alan Jones and have a big cry.

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  • Reply December 29, 2012

    Janet Georgouras

    Just goes to show that when so-called experienced jounralists and politicians do not have a good counter-argument or any policies (other than they will kick refugees harder) they rely upon stupid adhominem arguments.

    Julia’s arse is too big???? How about Germaine’s mouth?

  • Reply December 29, 2012

    sue Bell

    To Lady Jewels Diva, ancient Greek word, Idiot, means he who does not vote. If you don’t vote you have lost the right to comment.

  • Reply December 29, 2012

    Ideflitch

    I have often thought that our Julia is a reincarnation of Elizabeth 1. It’s not just the red hair, although that may only have come via a bottle, it is the absolute determination, the wonderful intelligence, the focus and the ability to carry on and counter the ugly insults and lies that flow from the Opposition at every sitting. How this woman stands to face them down is a wonder to me. She has had every sort of insult thrown at her and yet she is able to stand up and give as good as she gets.
    The absolute disgrace of this, is that this lady is OUR PRIME MINISTER and yet she is the object of slogans and insults from the Opposition that make me gringe in horror.
    It seems that Abbott will say and do anything to become Prime Minister and all I can say is ‘God help us if this ever happens”.

  • Reply January 2, 2013

    Jack Richards

    If you want to see some real insults, read Glorious Piers Akerman’s column of today, 3 January 2013, where he describes the Prime Minister as a “dog” and a “cur” and as “repellent”.

  • Reply January 4, 2013

    Fiona

    Don’t worry, I’m sure theres something Nicola Roxon can do about this? These people should be gaoled for expressing opinions like this. This is gutter politics. Tony Abbott is to blame for all of this. He just wants to be Prime Minister. Julia cant help it if Swan doesnt do his job. She stuck her neck out for him and guaranteed he wud get a surplus and that is how he repays her loyalty.??? I think Nicola Roxon shud be Treasurer. She was really good the way she handled the Peter Slipper trial. He was really good at insults.

  • Reply March 24, 2013

    ggofoz

    The Gillard Labor Party are a corrupt political party

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Julie

    WHAT, NO THROAT SLITTING? ( A la Ciobo and now echoed by Reith)

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    xiaoecho

    Why isn’t it an offence to advocate violence to an elected representative?

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  • […] man who didn’t ever utter a peep as the Prime Minister of this country was derided as barren, frumpy, ugly… who ought to be put in a chaff bag or kicked to […]

  • […] man who didn’t ever utter a peep as the Prime Minister of this country was derided as barren, frumpy, ugly… who ought to be put in a chaff bag or kicked to […]

  • […] Julia Gillard’s Ugly Top Ten […]

  • […] with only 29% of federal parliament being women. And after the way Julia Gillard was displayed and ridiculed within the media why would any women seek these powerful careers. Yes,  both male and female […]

  • […] ministership, when the Australian media were quick to reject a women’s right to power, and even quicker to degrade her physical appearance.  It was alive in Gillard’s now famous misogyny speech, in which she invited Tony Abbott to […]

  • […] judged numerous amounts of times, along with constant references to her physical appearance, in the public eye with no consideration of her personal, or political reputation. She never […]

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