I am so excited. I love it when Australian politics gets
interesting, and I love it even more when it leaves me feeling positive (something it's never really done before).
I know I don’t usually get political on this blog, but
today was historic. Today, we have a female Prime Minister. And a sassy red
headed one at that! It is extremely rare that I am filled with a feeling
that something big has happened, and I’ll always remember what I was doing when
I found out.
I’ve never really liked Rudd. And I get that I’m biased
because he was nasty to my mother once, but the man is a bully. They didn’t
call him “Dr. Death” for nothing. And he kept his humanity away from us until today, and while we all felt for him, it was too late. The deed was done.
For me, he was always just another Howard. The conservative candidate the
ALP put forward to get back into power. For me, there was never a great
difference between the two – it was all rhetoric. And like Howard before him, he was rudely ousted.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t by us. But to be honest, our alternative to Rudd was
something that left me with a cold sense of dread (Abbott be thy name).
I feel so relieved. I can vote Labor again, which I suppose
was the point of the whole debacle. Although to his credit, Rudd did say Sorry.
That was a big effin' deal. It would’ve been nice to see some kind of commitment to actions follow from that day, but that’s besides the point.
Another thing I realised during #spill 2010 was just how much I love the
digital age. I found out about it via sms. I looked up some news online, felt dissatisfied and logged onto Twitter where I was treated to a wealth of commentary. Then I got excited.
This morning I checked the Twitter feed between
appointments and received another sms letting me know that our new leading
lady was a red head. After some more Twitter, I put my radio on to AM (AM!) on my way to the office, and then tonight – oh! The blogs! The Facebook!! They
did not disappoint.
It has been interesting seeing the breadth of reactions
– horror at the nasal tones, horror that this could happen, rejoice that it had
happened, and the celebration of many, many women. Indeed, at one point a
shiver ran through me and I though that perhaps it was the sound of glass breaking. A female PM! Amazing!!
Her path to leadership was not perfect, but I have to say, I
feel significantly less hopeless about the next election. What a fight it will
be! And what a woman to be doing it!
And to think, only yesterday I was at a seminar about the
ongoing presence and pressures of the gender order (on both genders), nodding
along that we needed more women in politics. Little did we know!
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