Why Is Julia Gillard So Unpopular?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:37 am
With all the talk about the lack of traffic in this section of the site, I thought I'd start a thread--my first one.

I'm interested in what has been happening with Julia Gillard, especially since she's Australia's first female PM. I know a little bit about what's been happening with her--by reading a few articles and listening to some radio news broadcasts from Australia over the Internet. From what I can gather, her approval ratings are way down, basically because of issues such as the carbon tax, the assylum deal with Malaysia that got scuttled, some Labor Party scandals. There are probably other issues, too.

I just wonder if anyone thinks there is any sexism involved in the vehement opposition to her as well. I'm not saying there is, because I just don't know. Maybe that's not an issue. Apparently, there are some very serious political issues that are enough to make her unpopular. But I just wondered if you think there are some people who were predisposed from the beginning to be super-critical no matter what, because of who she is? Or is it just that she's not a very good PM and the result would be the same if she were a man?

Again, I know next to nothing about this. I'm just curious about what people think--if anyone cares to discuss it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:47 am
Look, I will be realistic, Julie initially got the job by tapping Kevin Rudd on the shoulders and telling him to get out or he would be pushed. Sort of like what Paul Keating did to Bob Hawke, if memory serves me.

As with any politician she told untruths during the run up to the election and then decided to retract those statements by saying "I never said ..." even though it was on tape.

By signing a deal with the Greens and Independants she lost all credibilty in my eyes. Bob Brown would appear to have much more power than he should because of this deal.

As for the carbon tax debate ... because she lied at the last election she should now go to an election with a Carbon Tax law as an election promise and let the people decide.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:10 pm
The_Admiral wrote:Look, I will be realistic, Julie initially got the job by tapping Kevin Rudd on the shoulders and telling him to get out or he would be pushed. Sort of like what Paul Keating did to Bob Hawke, if memory serves me.

As with any politician she told untruths during the run up to the election and then decided to retract those statements by saying "I never said ..." even though it was on tape.

By signing a deal with the Greens and Independants she lost all credibilty in my eyes. Bob Brown would appear to have much more power than he should because of this deal.

As for the carbon tax debate ... because she lied at the last election she should now go to an election with a Carbon Tax law as an election promise and let the people decide.

Thanks for that, you said it all for me!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:56 pm
She's a crap prime-minister.

She wasn't elected on a two-party majority - 2 independents got her in by doing a deal which helped them out and their interests.

She is introducing the most ridiculous tax which won't combat climate change.

She coudn't stop the illegal refugees on the boats as she had to do it her way..now that the high court has ruled it out, its now the oppositions fault, not hers.

Oh and did I mention she's a crap prime minister!

I sound like a fricken liberal ad - need to get out of here and go back to the sanctuary of RTV. But wait, she'll be making an appearance on Junior Masterchef!! :roll: Heard of any world leaders needing to go on RTV shows to make them look good?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:02 am
There are number of reasons that she isn't doing too well. They include the policy which hasn't been the strongest, the campaign of convenience by certain media which sections of the public are lapping up, it's a number of things. All in all it's far from the best government the country has seen but I don't think it's too bad. NSW continues to be a bigger concern for me IMO.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:07 am
Put it this way. I think this has been a very negative campaign by both the media and the Coalition which seems to me everything coming out of their mouths is negative, negative, negative towards the government. Don't get me wrong. Julia has done some very wrong things especially the Malaysia solution but every single day Tony Abbot is on the damn TV and everything he ever says is negative. The news is all negative towards the government. This has been going on since the election. Its worked. People hate them. I am over it.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:46 am
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Yes, and Tony is always being Mr Negative but he doesn't seem to have any alternative policies to put out there. It's all "Let's bash the government and hope no one will notice that we are sadly lacking in the policy department" :twisted:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:01 am
Rayne wrote:^^
Yes, and Tony is always being Mr Negative but he doesn't seem to have any alternative policies to put out there. It's all "Let's bash the government and hope no one will notice that we are sadly lacking in the policy department" :twisted:

And when Labor are in opposition, that's what they do.

Once upon a time when there was a clear divide between the 2 major parties, alternative policies could be proposed and argued. Sadly nowadays, both mobs are too scared to go with any policy that diametrically sets them too far away from a softly softly approach designed to offend as few voters as possible.

But, OT, that woman has always given me the creeps. That she will go down in our history as our first female PM is very sad. Also sad is that I can't see a decent alternative anywhere in the House. :?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:17 pm
Rayne wrote:^^
Yes, and Tony is always being Mr Negative but he doesn't seem to have any alternative policies to put out there. It's all "Let's bash the government and hope no one will notice that we are sadly lacking in the policy department" :twisted:

The coalition has policies alright. You'll find that after the next election we'll have a return of "work choices", tax cuts for the upper income brackets, cuts in welfare services for everyone else and more support for superstition in "this christian nation". If Abbot can find any more government assets, he'll flog them at bargain prices to his mates, socialise corporate losses and privatise individual needs. The tragedy is that no matter how bad the Labor government is, a Coalition government led by Abbott is going to be much worse.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:18 pm
Shes the leader of the country, not the most popular person in Australia

If she wants that job she would have applied for it
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