I live on the electoral border between Lalor and Gellibrand and I have grown up with Julia Gillard and Nicola Roxon as my MPs. These women were the first female Prime Minister and Attorney General respectively. They have held two of the safest Labor seats in the country and in their terms, both made huge contributions to Australia. Rarely does Australian politics get coverage abroad, yet both women have received international recognition (Roxon for plain packaging on cigarettes; Gillard for many things, the Carbon Tax being one example). Roxon gave her valedictory speech in Parliament last week, days before Gillard was deposed as Prime Minister.
Today the two local papers arrived in my letterbox. One had the local football on the cover and the other had three pages of kerfuffle celebrating the paper’s 10th anniversary.
Both of our Federal Members left politics last week and the papers cover sport.
Australia, THIS is why you deserve to be stuck with either Abbott or Rudd as your next PM.
I don’t need to give a greater exposition about why this sucks for all of us, John van Tiggelen has done it well over at the Monthly.
But let me point out what Joan Kirner – Victoria’s first and only female Premier – iterated (on about page four of the local paper):
“Who else can you think of would have made that hung parliament work and get 500 Acts through, and the policies that they contained? Who else could have got the National Disability Insurance Scheme through, for example.”
I tell you what, I can’t come up with an answer to either of these questions but am absolutely sure neither Abbott or Rudd could.
So, Australia, when you complain about the government lacking leadership over the next three years, remember, it was your ill-informed views that guided your votes which led us to this situation.
I, on the other hand, will have submitted my PhD and escaped it all to live abroad. Possibly in a cave.
You know there’s something seriously wrong with your voting options when the former Prime Minister of the conservative party is campaigning for the Greens to prevent that same conservative party having power.