Julia should be proud of herself

IS IT just me or does everyone wonder what "lying, backstabbing, bogan bitches" do when they retire?

Politics is a pretty brutal game, isn't it?

And being a pioneer can't be any fun at all. But Australia has ripped off the bandaid.

We've had our first female prime minister.

I don't think it was easy but as Julia Gillard rides off into the sunset I hope she's proud of herself.

And I hope the rest of us have a good hard look at ourselves.

As a radio announcer I have lost count of the number of people who have rung to tell me Julia Gillard is a disgrace to women; that they "hate" her.

Today I got an email claiming what "Ms Gillard has done is make it very difficult for another woman to be voted in as prime minister for decades as every woman from now on will be judged by her non-performance and found wanting".

No one ever rings me to say Kevin Rudd is an embarrassment to his gender or Tony Abbott has proved men can't do anything right.

Why is that?


I am sure history will remember Julia a little more warmly than Facebook has treated her.

Under her leadership, literally hundreds of pieces of legislation have passed through what should have been an unmanageable parliament.

Reforms like dental services for kids, the NDIS bringing long overdue relief to disabled people from next month, increased retirement incomes, and a revolution in school funding.

I certainly haven't agreed with all of Julia's reforms but whatever your politics, Julia Gillard isn't the "worst PM ever", she has not "wrecked Australia" and Australia is not "broke".

In the same vein Tony Abbott is not a misogynistic racist who will turn women's health back 50 years if elected.

That sort of talk is not doing any of us any favours.

The truth is we do all right in Australia, no matter who is in power. Even when a woman is in charge.

Whether or not Kevin Rudd can convince his party he's a changed man will be fun to watch.

Whether Tony Abbott can convince Australia to like him more than Ruddy equally so.

Whatever happens next, Julia Gillard has earned a rest.

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