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“About ten minutes before the party room ballot I sent the Prime Minister a text and it was to say her father would be proud of her”. These were the retiring words from a misty-eyed Rob Oakeshott to an equally moved Julia Gillard. It was just a day after the removal from office of Australia’s […]

Like father, like son

Since late 2006 the international, online, not-for-profit organisation known as WikiLeaks has been shining the torch of transparency and accountability on the governments of the world. Founded and led by Australian journalist and dissident Julian Assange, WikiLeaks has released hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, documents, emails, transcripts and letters pertaining to all facets of […]

Poles apart: what Julia can learn from her Icelandic counterpart

Just a few days after Julia Gillard became Australia’s first unwed female Prime Minister, on a distant corner of the globe -- Iceland’s first woman head of state, Johanna Sigurdardottir married her long-term partner, the writer Jonina Leosdottir in her Prime Ministerial office, becoming the world’s first national leader to enter into a same sex […]

Gillard hears students’ pleas, but fails to listen

Julia Gillard’s recent backflip on the proposed Youth Allowance Scheme has attracted further criticism from students, education experts and members of the Opposition. Changes to eligibility criteria will now be delayed until mid 2012, leaving some students feeling left out in the cold. The changes ensure current gap year students are not affected by the […]