"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult."
There are all kinds of interesting things to say about this transition, from Rudd's inability to trust, to whether Gillard's move was its result or justification, from his record popularity earlier this year, to the hundred million dollars spent by the mining industry on undermining him, and from the single Liberal vote that ousted Turnbull and sank the ETS (with the help of the Greens), to Rudd's failure to use his double dissolution trigger. We can talk about a figure from Labor left taking the reins, the role of Labor right in bringing it about, of the likely timing of an election, of Gillard's chances against Abbott and of likely shifts in emphasis. Will the mining tax be dropped? Will the ETS be revived? We can even note the milestone that Gillard will be Elizabeth II's 150th prime minister.
However, just for a moment, can we notice something really novel? Not only is Julia Gillard Australia's first female prime minister, a notable landmark in itself (and on her first half-birthday crushing my daughter's possibility of being the same), but look around a little more and notice that this isn't an isolated phenomenon. For the first time, I am represented by women at all three levels of government: local, state and national. But it even goes beyond that. Can anyone beat this?
- Queen of Australia: Elizabeth II
- Governor General of Australia: Quentin Bryce
- Governor of NSW: Marie Bashir
- Prime Minister of Australia: Julia Gillard
- Premier of NSW: Kristina Keneally
- Lord Mayor of Sydney: Clover Moore
- Federal Member for Sydney: Tanya Plibersek
- NSW Member for Marrickville (and Deputy Premier of NSW): Carmel Tebbutt
"Women really do rule the world. They just haven't figured it out yet. When they do, and they will, we're all in big big trouble."