Kaye’s thoughts on Julia Gillard as the new Prime Minister

Politics has been the major talking point this past week.
After all it’s not every day we lose an elected Prime Minister and gain a female head of state.
Both things happened in Australia last Thursday so it seems timely to consider these changes and what they might mean for those aged 50 and over.
First, it is important to note that the following are my thoughts and do not necessarily reflect those of David, Debbie, Drew, Cory or Ellie. Blogging on the About Seniors website is an opportunity to express an opinion, and this blog is also on our Meeting Place so anyone can respond with their own thoughts – and I hope they will!
So here goes.
No-one enjoys seeing someone who works hard and cares a lot dumped by his or her workmates. So it was with a heavy heart that I watched Kevin Rudd’s tearful address at the Canberra press conference as he relinquished his role as Australian Prime Minister. For once he seemed to communicate in a clear and passionate way the values he has held dear and the reforms he most believes in.
That he lost his job was tough.
But sometimes what matters most for an individual does not exactly match what will be for the common good. And in this case it did seem that the Labor Government was having trouble pursuing its program and enunciating its policies.
For instance, the mining tax. Spending $17 million on an advertising campaign was not the answer to explaining the need for a resources super profits tax. The opponent – the Minerals Council of Australia – was spending $100 million. It became clear that this new tax, in response to recommendations by the Henry Report, was still not well defined or even partially accepted. Yet a clear majority of Australians were in favour of the progressive increase in superannuation (to 12%) which would be funded by such a tax.
This is but one example of poorly explained policies, not to mention disappointing backflips on matters such as an Emissions Trading Scheme.

The challenges facing Australia today are many and varied. We have a rapidly ageing population, a situation which is generally viewed as a burden by most politicians and commentators. Older Australians will need a strong healthcare system, and the opportunity to stay connected, both physically and technologically. They will also require the option to work or not depending upon their own capabilities, and the knowledge that they will have sufficient income to live a reasonable lifestyle as they age.
These are “big picture” requirements which are, hopefully, above the petty backstabbing of day-to-day politics.
I am personally delighted to see a woman in the top job.
Julia Gillard’s performance as a government minister has been strong and consistent. She is warm, articulate and knowledgeable.
I have great confidence she is the right person to take us forward and tackle these major challenges.

What do you think?
Has Kaye got it right?
Or is she hopelessly out of touch?


Posted by Phyl

Hi Kaye. I am happy to see Julia Gillard as our Prime Minister also.

Regardless I am left wondering why she would say there were not

thoughts of her challenging just a few days earlier?


I also feel Kevin Rudd did what he thought best in all avenues of his job

but also agree he was not always right in his decisions but then again who of us are

right in al our decisions.


I think Mr. Howard did well in lots of ways but not so well in others

and althought I did vote for Mr. Howard because I thought he was o.k. as Pollies go

changed my vote for The Liberals and him in particular when he brought in the GST he

said he would not do to voting for Labour last time and will still vote Labour unless

something happens to change my mind in the meantime.


My main dream is for the Hospital system to make a big change for the better

along with the schools, but I wonder if even Julia has forgotten there are people

out here trying to keep going who are not in the work force? I applaud the help for the young of our

great Country but please leaders do not forget who helped keep the

Country going and please look after those over 65 also.

Great news about the new website.



Posted: 29 June 2010 03:24 PM

Posted by fwed

Kaye, I think you have given a fair assessment of the political scene in your post.

Rudd, to his credit got Labor into government with a sweeping victory.

I think he should have looked back to Gough Whitlam who also tried to make too many reforms too quickly.

Rudd did the same, He had ideas but had trouble getting his message across.

Things were too rushed such as the insulation scheme.

It was a good idea but poorly thought out.

I believe his stimulus packages helped Australia through the financial crisis.

I think Julia Gillard is an astute politician but time will tell whether she falls into the same traps by making promises she cannot deliver on.

The next election will tell how she has fared.

Posted: 29 June 2010 05:55 PM

Posted by Dodge

I think most people will be happy for the 1st Female PM.

HOWEVER, how easy is it for for people to get “sucked in” with the personality of the person instead of concentrating upon the person’s party’s policies. You have a mining tax recommended by an academic socialist, and the labor party has fallen for it. Talk about the politicians shooting Australia in the foot. Australia once lived off the sheep’s back and more recently it lived off the natural resources back. But we can’t do that any more can we - the mining industry (and the rest of us who live off their activities) have been shot in the foot!

Posted: 29 June 2010 05:58 PM

Posted by koko

Ms Gillard tells us that it’s a good government that got off track.

My question to her is:"where were Tanner, Swan and herself while the ‘good’ govt went off track?”

With $$billions down the drain, and the govt desperate to gouge money from the miners so they can pay back some of the debt, I think it truly diminishes the situation in which this nation finds itself, to be carrying on about the first female pm, particularly when there has been no election.

Posted: 29 June 2010 11:20 PM

Posted by toot2000

Dodge, you said that Ken Henry was an “academic socialist”. He was highly regarded by the Liberal Party.

Dr Kenneth Ross “Ken” Henry, (born 27 November 1957) is an economist and public servant. He has been the .Secretary of the Department of the Treasury since he was appointed to the role by Liberal Party Treasurer Peter Costello in April 2001. He was reappointed by Costello in 2006. He has been described by long serving Liberal Prime Minister John Howard as “a man who has served his country extremely well”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Henry_(Australian_public_servant)

Posted by Tanwin

Where was Gillard when the government went off track? Koko, Gillard and her mates in the gang of four were driving the train that so famously derailed. Labor voters, and Gillard, are conveniently dumping all of the blame for the past 3 years on Rudd which is wrong and downright cowardly. I await Rudd’s tell-all book.

How fickle (and piss-weak) are the Laborites who one minute rush to the Greens like rats leaving a sinking ship, then rush back like lemmings to Labor just because the new PM is a female? How bloody pathetic it just highlights how much loyalty these knuckle draggers really have and makes as much sense as the Americans voting for a bloke simply because he was black.

I remember others stating in this forum it was only a matter of time before Gillard plunged the knife into Rudd’s back and we didn’t have to wait long now did we? Proving she is not trustworthy.


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