On wanting the PM to be everything

When Julia Gillard became PM – and it wasn’t because she “knifed him” as the MSM mindlessly repeats, but because the majority of the ALP decided that she’d be better than Kevin Rudd – I got very excited.

Very.

excited

I’m not a Labor voter, but I was so very very pleased that we FINALLY had a woman as Prime Minister.

And even though I disagree with the ALP on lots of issues (like their breathtakingly cruel asylum seeker stance) I think Julia Gillard is doing a pretty good job. Particularly faced with a hostile/stupid media who are being taken for a ride by the Opposition and who berate the Government for not being able to get their message across when at every policy announcement they ask the same questions about leadership, the latest Opposition beat-up and blah blah blah. Seriously, political journos have no idea how silly they look to the rest of us.

Of course, as a woman in power, she is being held to an impossibly high standard. If she isn’t considered The World’s Greatest Leader by people on both sides of politics then it will be taken by many as “proof” that she wasn’t a very good PM. Which, apart from being fucked, is fucking ridiculous.

Anyway, I realised something on Saturday. (It was during a pub lunch that started with tequila and finished with me ranting at my poor friend at 2am, so be kind.)

A lot of us want Australia’s first female Prime Minister to be AMAZING. We want her to make Australia a better place so we can point and say, “See? She did that”. We want her to implement marriage equality, save the environment, pump funding into public education, end homelessness, increase support for people on low incomes, and to do all these things even if the rest of the ALP doesn’t support them.

In other words, we want the leader of the ALP to be an autocratic Green.

28 responses to “On wanting the PM to be everything

  1. Hahaha an autocratic green! If only!

    • An autocratic Green would fix everything! Mind you, they wouldn’t need to be autocratic because the rest of the Greens would feel the same. But it’s the only way to describe how I want the leader of the ALP to act.

  2. Sounds good to me :-/

  3. I remember that conversation! Which is more significant than it sounds because a large portion of that afternoon/evening is somewhat blurry. But yes, it was a “light bulb” moment to be sure.

  4. I have just finished watching Tedx Anna Sarkeesian talking about how she was vilified and subjected to male cyber mobbing when she embarked on her project to deconstruct the place of women in video games. It occurred to me that Julia Gillard is undergoing the same sort of male mobbing, replete with sexual threat and pornographic representations, that Anna endured.

    And like Anna Julia has prevailed and become stronger and more confident.

    I think she would be much more greenly autocratic if she didn’t have to rely on numbers from the right wing medievalists in the SDA.

    I am waiting for the day, coming soon I am sure, when she will no longer need such support and can transform into the kickass but compassionate prime minister we all know is there. One who will dismantle the current refugee policy, who will introduce increases to Centrelink benefits and commit the ALP to marriage equality.

    • I’d like to think that’s going to happen, but it seems unlikely as the majority of the party would need to support it. Although, maybe it will happen? Remember when Chris Bowen first became immigration minister and set about shifting the whole thing left? Then in a few weeks he had to shift it back to the right and at media conferences you could see his heart breaking.

      Larksong4chris, welcome to the News with Nipples.

      • I absolutely agree that Gillard faces both sexist opposition and unrealistic expectations from her supporters because of her gender. I totally support the immediate installation of Christine Milne into the position of President of Australia.
        I refuse to feel sorry for Chris Bowen. I didn’t notice his heart breaking – I was too busy being outraged that the government elected to get rid of Howard’s refugee policy instead decided to reinforce it.
        Gillard and the rest are not the helpless stooges of anonymous fascists somewhere in the Labour Party faction rooms: they are actively choosing to enforce policies that victimise the poorest members of our society in order to protect their own interests. If any of them had a skerrick of compassion, they’d resign en masse.

        • Bowen seemed defeated just in that one media conference. After that, it seems to be business as usual. And I agree – what the ALP is doing in this policy area is revolting. Absolutely revolting.

    • outragedofmarrickville

      Not sure I agree here, this is making a large assumption that JG is not ‘hardline’ or tough and at heart is compassionate and only being tough cos of external pressure. Just cos she’s a woman doesn’t make her automatically compassionate. Not sure that is exactly what you are suggesting, but your comment reads a bit that way to me. Anyway, I don’t dislike, JG, actually i quite like her despite some awful policy choices (im looking at you, weak gonski, weak mining tax and hideous asylum). JG policy approach to asylums has always been tough long before she was even deputy PM. check her history on this, it’s all on the public record.

  5. I don’t know what “Autocratic Green” means; however, I look at our present government here in the US and find your story both amusing and providential.
    Scott

  6. Sometimes I think that because she is the first female PM, I expect her to be me…only braver and a bit smarter. I think that’s why I find her actions in relation to asylum seekers and gay marriage so disappointing. I just can’t understand why the Julia-me doesn’t get it. She is definitely held to a higher standard across the board.

  7. Two words, “hung parliament”. It won’t ever be thus.

  8. The hung parliament struggles in Australia, because we still rely heavily on the two major parties. In Europe, multiparty coalitions are common, allowing the left or right to govern according to their vision.

  9. “A lot of us want Australia’s first female Prime Minister to be AMAZING. We want her to make Australia a better place so we can point and say, “See? She did that”. We want her to implement marriage equality, save the environment, pump funding into public education, end homelessness, increase support for people on low incomes, and to do all these things even if the rest of the ALP doesn’t support them.

    In other words, we want the leader of the ALP to be an autocratic Green.”

    No. We want her to be Superwoman. Who could be that??

    Nice blog, thanks.

  10. Philida Sturgiss-Hoy

    I absolutely agree, many of us want Julia Gillard to be superwoman and also to do exactly what we think we would like to do. impossible. well before you get to what many blokes want to do to her because she has the audacity to be a woman. I am grateful Julia Gilliard is our Prime MInister. It feels wonderful to see a woman in the job. but it is a job not a fantasy land. and yes Julia Gillard got to be leader just the way everyone else has ever done it – by defeating the incumbent. I am sure that being a woman has made the change over to be seen differently than normal when it was just normal.

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