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In the style of the indomitable [livejournal.com profile] frankkincense, but for quite different situations:

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FUCK YES AUSTRALIA, THAT IS MUCH MORE LIKE IT!

HOLY COW. I'm struggling to comprehend the turn of events, but am also incredibly happy that we now have a female PM. But how did....ah what, ashjdfmvf'ada. OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. We go to bed, and wake up with Federal politics doing headstands. Let's hope she lasts beyond the next election.

Date: 24/6/10 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blamebrampton.livejournal.com
I love Julia, but think she has been installed in the most ridiculous manner possible. The Right are just ... twats is the polite term!

And yes, if they do not throw themselves actively behind her, they will all deserve to have PM Abbott!

Date: 24/6/10 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] why-am-i.livejournal.com
I am still reeling at KRudd's spectacular fall from grace, and I'm not entirely sure he deserved what he got. I've been hoping that Julia would make it into the top job eventually, partly because she's a woman, but mostly because I like her, I like what she stands for, and I believe that she will be good at the job; I didn't think it would be anywhere near so soon.

I have two reservations on the whole matter - the first ties in with the first point you made, to do with the timing and the manner of the spill. If the party expunged Rudd purely because he was performing badly in the polls and the party factions were getting antsy that he would lead the party to a loss at the election, then it seems as though exactly the same thing could befall Julia. It's like Simon Crean, or, from the opposite side of the floor, Malcolm Turnbull - I think they both had the potential to be great leaders, but were there at precisely the wrong moment and copped a whole lot of temporal political flak as a result. It would be a terrible waste of a great politician, irrespective of gender, if Gillard were to fall on her sword at the next election because she was installed too early.

The second is to do with your second point. The Right are indeed twats, and if Labor loses the next election because of the current shenanigans, we will all have to suffer the consequences of PM Abbott. The idea fills me with horror.

I'm aware that it's a bad idea to pin all my hopes on one person, as the PM faces myriad pressures and is often forced to go against personal beliefs to make political headway, and it'd be naive to assume Gillard will be any different. I am quietly optimistic, though, that the change of leadership will bring fresh ideas, new policies and forward momentum in a direction more in line with my own views. And even if that doesn't prove to be the case, I am still pleased that we have a female PM. This morning, it occurred to me that, if I were at all inclined to enter politics, *I* could become PM. Not that I ever would. But, you know, the thought gave me a reason to smile.

Date: 24/6/10 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] originaluddite.livejournal.com
I can see you as a parliamentarian. Never did till this moment but I'm sure you have what it takes to be across policy and to articulate it in debate. Whether you could tolerate the mandatory backroom shenanigans is another matter. But I can imagine you staring fixedly across the chamber at your oppenent and projecting incredulity like a Cruciatus Curse.

Apparently in the background Bob Hawke has been saying they should "save" her for some dire future time in which they truly need her. That may have been wise but if it had to happen anytime before the election it may as well be now. And also I think the thing we need to appreciate is that there is more to this than just factional hacks calculating what will keep them in power. Rudd had major personal relations issues with his colleagues and what has happened here is an emotional thing. Whether right or left faction, they found him arrogant and aloof and, at the end of the day, personal relations matter.

Date: 24/6/10 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtle-eye.livejournal.com
Better yet:

Female PM being sworn in by a Female Gov. General

Also

KITTY FOR PM! :)

Date: 24/6/10 08:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] masterpenguin82.livejournal.com
Lexi came in o my room last night talking about it and at 9.30ish this morning is when it all happened; I was kinda following on the radio at work.

I hope she does well, i'm reserving judgement until she actually does something and I do feel a bit sorry for Rudd, he did a good job keeping Aus stable during the GFC - it's sad that it ended this way for him.

Date: 24/6/10 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frankkincense.livejournal.com
Lololol I am glad for you! Female PMs FTW :)

Date: 24/6/10 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] highlyeccentric.livejournal.com
I DO NOT KNOW. IT IS ALL SO WEIRD. INTERESTING STUFF IS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN IN AUSTRALIAN POLITICS, WUT.

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