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Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

A nation more cynical and jaded than us Brits
Come on, she looks delightful in these pictures, its a very attractive look IMHO

Photoshoot row: Julia Gillard ridiculed for knitting royal baby kangaroo
Australian prime minister under fire for incongruous photos showing her knitting a present for William and Kate's baby


Helen Davidson in Sydney
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 25 June 2013 07.11 BST


Julia Gillard in the contentious photoshoot.

The Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard, has whipped up a storm after appearing in the Australian Women's Weekly knitting a toy kangaroo for the royal baby.

The photoshoot depicts the prime minister in an armchair, surrounded by balls of wool, with her dog Reuben at her feet.

The pictures have sparked controversy in parts of the Australian media, who have called it "contrived" and "remarkable". Commentators have pointed out that Gillard has traditionally rejected feminine presentations.

The photoshoot was at the suggestion of her advisers. Sydney's Daily Telegraph captioned the picture: "This image of the prime minister is not digitally altered but a photo actually arranged by Ms Gillard and her chief spin doctor John McTernan [a former adviser to Tony Blair] for the Australian Women's Weekly".

News Limited columnist Andrew Bolt said Gillard was "giving encouragement to young female politicians by plying a hobby now synonymous with mad old aunts." Nationals Senator Fiona Nash told Fairfax it looked like "a bit of a stunt" that showed "a lack of connection" with the Australian public. While Senior Liberal Christopher Pyne said to reporters in Canberra: "We know the prime minister is good at spinning a yarn, now we have a picture to prove it."

Gillard has previously been criticised for her perceived lack of homemaking instincts. In 2005 much was made of a photograph in her sparse-looking kitchen with an empty fruit bowl on the table.

Defenders have pointed out that the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, is routinely photographed taking part in his hobbies such as cycling and working with his local surf club.

In the accompanying interview – published in the magazine on Wednesday – Gillard spoke on a range of issues, including her career legacy, family, September's federal election and her republican views.

She told the magazine she would look back on her time as Australia's first female prime minister with "a sense of pride and achievement," particularly for her work in health and education.

During the knitting photoshoot, Gillard remarked "this feels slightly absurd".

She said she decided to knit the kangaroo for the baby of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge as a gift, saying it would be "a cute project to work on". She said she usually knitted for babies as the smaller projects meant she had time to finish them in her busy schedule.

"I guess my life is full of the engagements that politics brings and some are them are quite combative engagements," she said.

"I don't shy away from that. If there is something I hope I have done for the image of women in public life it is that we can go into an adversarial environment like parliament and we can dominate it and conquer it.

"But that's not all of me. [Knitting the kangaroo] is an opportunity to show a side of me. I can't imagine [political commentator] Laurie Oakes saying: 'Hmmm, knitting patterns. What are you working on at the moment?'"

Gillard also spoke candidly about her family.

Of her father John, who died in September, Gillard said: "Dad was incredibly proud of me becoming prime minister, and incredibly proud, I think, that it was him that sparked the interest in values, politics, current affairs, and particularly education."

Not long after her father's death, the radio broadcaster Alan Jones told a lunch attended by Liberal Party members John Gillard must have died "of shame".

In the intervew Gillard also responded to last year's jibe from Germaine Greer referring to her "big arse" on ABC TV's Q&A program, saying the statement "demeaned her more than it demeaned me".

"I do take a lot of pride in being someone who not only fought for equal opportunities for women," Gillard said.

"But for her, given everything she stands for, everything she would have inspired, I just thought it was stupid."

Knitting the kangaroo for the royal baby did not clash with her views that Australia should become a republic, she said.

"I campaigned for a yes case. We will get there again," she said.

"There is a real sense of respect for the Queen, so I do think a natural moment to look again will be when her reign comes to an end.

"Prince William and Kate, and their child will still be personalities in Australia; people will still follow their lives with interest."

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Old 25.06.2013, 12:18
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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

I have never had an interest in Australias politics ... until she came along.
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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

I like Julia Gillard. And she's taken a lot of cr*p just for being a female politician. And the alternative in Australia is *shudders*.

And if she knits anyway, well why not have a little feature about it, each to their own.

The thing I don't like about this though is who she's doing it for. She's supposed to be a republican.
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Old 25.06.2013, 12:34
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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

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Come on, she looks delightful in these pictures, its a very attractive look IMHO
Re-reading this, I realise that it could sound extremely patronising. That was not my intention, I just think its much more progressive for women to be women in positions of power, as opposed to aping men.
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The thing I don't like about this though is who she's doing it for. She's supposed to be a republican.
A woman who has the financial power of a Nation at her fingertips, and could provide the Royals some of the wealthiest gifts on the planet..... and she knits a Kangaroo?
(still think she's not a republican? )


To be honest, I don't like any Australian politicians, but the Royal baby should be kept out of the political equation.
I just think it was a nice gesture, and that's all. Good on her.


Besides, while she's knitting she's not making other political mistakes so it's a bit of a win-win really.
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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

Nothing wrong with knitting - I think it's the staged nature of the photograph that makes it absurd.
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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

No fan of her in the slightest - but the media interest is a bit silly.

I'd rather she said she were interested in knitting rather than do a "Call-me-Dave"-style PR setpiece and profess an insincere love for MMA and dubstep.

And I think it's a nice touch to give a personal gift rather than some state-sponsored symbolic trinket of a platypus-bone tiara or a writing desk made of the last eucalyptus in Dowtown Sydney.

The dog she's knitted in the photo is incredibly realistic, so she's certainly got talent.
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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

Knitting? That was so 18th Century. These days I get all my toy kangaroos for the Royal Family from a 3D printer .....
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Even the dog looks embarrassed on the picture.
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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

Looks like she will have plenty more time for her hobby

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Kevin Rudd ousts Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Kevin Rudd has ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard as leader of Australia's Labor party.

He won 57 votes in a leadership ballot called by Ms Gillard. Ms Gillard received 45 votes.

The change comes ahead of an election called for 14 September, which polls suggest Labor is set to lose.

Mr Rudd is more popular with voters than Ms Gillard, and many believe Labor will perform better in the election under him.

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........ You're quick Castro !!!!

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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

here is the sequence of events that led to Julia's new knitting hobby (if anyone cares).
WARNING: the above link is about political BS.

Julia had earlier proclaimed that the "loser" should retire from politics.

Let's see if another political lie unfolds.



Politics.... really (I'm off to the pub to watch the State of Origin game instead)
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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

This is really so shocking. Aussies need to lift up their game! JG has certainly shown incredible strength.

The Political Persecution of Australia’s First Female Prime Minister
http://annesummers.com.au/speeches/h...-work-r-rated/

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Re: Australian PM ridiculed... for knitting a kangaroo

Only in Australia ...

Seven cyclists hurt in kangaroo carcass crash
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-35858562
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