I’m very much looking forward to interviewing the former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, tonight on the programme – she may be from Wales, but she is forthright in a way that I would suggest is very Australian.
At the beginning of her book “My Story” she writes about being voted out of the premiership: “While Prime Minister I head shed tears of sadness for the suffering of Australians hurt by natural disaster, tears of grief at the loss of my father...But I was not going to stand before the nation as Prime Minister and cry for myself. I was not going to let anyone conclude that a woman could not take it. I was not going to give any bastard the satisfaction.”
What does she make of Australia’s latest policy on migrant boat people? It’s been an issue for the country for many years – but not in such numbers.
And was Australia, where as Gillard writes, no national paper is edited by a woman, just not ready for a female head? Or was the real problem the sexism of her fellow cabinet members who then ousted her?
And is America ready for a woman president?