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Started by Pixiedust on Oct 9, 2012 9:17:04 PM
Dear Aussies...

Take a look at this: [Gawker]

Now, I understand that she's a Welsh import, a bit brittle, moderately gaffe-prone with a hairdresser boyfriend and "deliberately barren".

I also understand that she isn't terribly popular with voters or her fellow politicians.

What makes me do my confused puppy face is the level of vitriol directed against her. I understand that Aussie politics can have its... coarse moments, but is this something out of the ordinary? It just seems to be a steady stream of derision be it in the newspapers, radio or in Parliament.

What's going on?

Pixiedust - 09 Oct 2012 21:17:57 (#1 of 5290)

On the one hand, she wangled the premiership in a rather sordid coup, on the other she's a woman and some people could have dealing with that.

Pixiedust - 09 Oct 2012 21:48:25 (#2 of 5290)


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Pixiedust - 09 Oct 2012 22:27:28 (#4 of 5290)

I know!

A radio host slagged her off and reckoned that her recently-deceased father had "died of shame" because of her policies, too.

She is catching an awful lot of flak. Is it always like this?

swingdog36 - 10 Oct 2012 08:56:47 (#5 of 5290)

It's the Murdoch press and the old white men of Australian power gunning after her.

However, today she did herself proud:

Pixiedust - 10 Oct 2012 08:59:59 (#6 of 5290)

It is a marvellous video to watch, especially with the sight of the opposite bench cringing ever-further in shame.

I realise that she's unpopular, but is the level of vitriol levelled against her quite so necessary? Has any other Aussie politician come in for similar sustained abuse?

EdibleDormouse - 10 Oct 2012 09:09:33 (#7 of 5290)

Has anyone called her a 'galah' yet? I thought that was the worst thing one Aussie politician could hurl at another. Or maybe 'drongo', I forget.

PS: swingdog, mate, you just posted the same video clip as in the header. It wasn't that funny the first time!

Seamonster - 10 Oct 2012 09:26:14 (#8 of 5290)

She's unpopular because of her spectacular ability to lie to the Australian people.

Pixiedust - 10 Oct 2012 09:27:53 (#9 of 5290)

What has she lied about? Can you give the Greatest Hits version please, Seamonster?

Seamonster - 10 Oct 2012 09:37:33 (#10 of 5290)

"There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead,"

Pixiedust - 10 Oct 2012 09:38:14 (#11 of 5290)

Oh, the miners must have adored that one!

Any others?

Seamonster - 10 Oct 2012 09:47:52 (#12 of 5290)

She got the support from Andrew Wilkie by promising to introduce pokie reforms. Once she installed Slipper as Speaker of the house, she reneged on that promise.

Pixiedust - 10 Oct 2012 09:51:46 (#13 of 5290)


lapsedcat - 10 Oct 2012 09:57:13 (#14 of 5290)

It is what the Australians call gaming machines, m'lud.

Oh, those Australians.

lapsedcat - 10 Oct 2012 10:00:35 (#15 of 5290)

My sister (a NZ national) lives in Canberra and came over to the UK a few months ago. She told me that the PM is hated by ockers and old people because she's a woman and dares to speak her mind.

Pixiedust - 10 Oct 2012 10:05:34 (#16 of 5290)

Ockers? Does Google Translate have an English-Aussie function?

Is gambling a big problem in Oz, then? Worse or similar to Northern Cyprus or Macau?

ashinlondon - 10 Oct 2012 10:15:14 (#17 of 5290)

Her accent grates. I'd be offended at 'Ditch the witch' and the general Sheilas should be seen and not heard attitude too, but where do the opposition go when they're probably at least as dishonest in other respects? Straight to the bottom of the barrel it seems.

Pixiedust - 10 Oct 2012 10:16:09 (#18 of 5290)

She was born in Wales. She can't help it.

ashinlondon - 10 Oct 2012 10:23:13 (#19 of 5290)

But Welsh accents are sexy!

Pixiedust - 10 Oct 2012 10:25:30 (#20 of 5290)

They are! But I'm trying to imagine a Welsh lilt transformed into an Aussie twang, and I can imagine how it might be a bit jarring on the ears for some.

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