• Australian Election: I Love You, Germaine Greer

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    Australia’s most outspoken expat Germaine Greer casts her withering gaze on
    soap opera politics Down Under

     
    Opposition leader Tony Abbott and Australian PM Julia Gillard speaking at the peoples' forum held in Brisbane, Australia

    Opposition leader Tony Abbott and Australian PM Julia Gillard speaking at the peoples’ forum held in Brisbane, Australia
    Photo: AP

    Julia Gillard is a childless 48-year-old unmarried atheist redhead who lives
    in sin with her hairdresser. She is also the first woman to become prime
    minister of Australia. Just in case you thought that might mean a new era
    had dawned, be assured that it is probably just about over. Not that Gillard
    had radical intentions, or radical policies, or any policies. Her slogan was
    “moving forward” – to nowhere in particular. The election, which took place
    this weekend, was hers to lose and she has all but lost it.

    The opposition had fallen in a heap after the Liberal Party “spilt” its ablest
    and most charismatic politician, Malcolm Turnbull, for insisting that the
    party recognise climate change. Into the breach to lead the Liberal-National
    coalition stepped the Mad Monk, Tony Abbott, ears akimbo, wide mouth agape,
    who refuses to believe that anything needs to be done about climate change.
    He set about building an image as one of the boys, a strategy that misfired
    when photographed during a triathlon wearing bathing trunks that Australians
    call “budgie-smugglers’. (His budgie was actually more like a “wren”, as
    unkind observers pointed out.)

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