The Stalking of Julia Gillard

By Kerry-Anne Walsh | Go to book overview

THE ‘SACKIVERSARY’
15–24 June 2011

It’s official. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is a dud. The first female prime minister of Australia is a shocker. Lacking in character, incapable of governing, hopeless, and a liar to boot. We know this because dozens of political journalists in Canberra, plus ‘specialist’ political commentators who never turn up in parliament, radio shock jocks in capital cities who never grace parliament’s doors, and a grab-bag of internet amateur scribes and conspiracy-peddlers who could be anywhere, tell us so in their analysis of Gillard’s one-year anniversary as prime minister.

This opportunity to consolidate what’s been a relentless bagging of Gillard for months is because it’s the ‘Sackiversary’. And it’s this event—not the economy, stupid; nor asylum seekers; nor running the country—that’s consumed the Opposition and the national media for ten days now, leading up to the commemoration of the events of 23 and 24 June 2010. Acres of newsprint and hours of airtime on radio and TV, devoted to dissecting that day and the year since, have been spat out at the public in a stunning overkill analysis of Gillard’s weaknesses and flaws.

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