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June 28, 2013

History will be kind to Gillard once the partisan commentary fades. People will remember Gillard when they've forgotten about the others. Some will see her leadership as prime minister in terms of a political tragedy. Others will be more sympathetic.

It will become increasingly difficult to downplay Gillard's body of reform (the carbon price, the NDIS, the Murray-Darling agreement, aged care and the Gonski reforms) in the teeth of being constantly undermined and disparaged, publicly mocked and belittled by a conservative patriarchal culture that directed its attacks at her appearance and reduced her personhood to body parts. The theme was that “women are wrecking the joint" or that woman leaders are not legitimate.

MoirAALPwreckage.jpg Alan Moir

As Anne Summers observes:

most of the commentary about Julia Gillard, including from some of her parliamentary colleagues, gives the impression that she is a transitory and insignificant figure whose grasp on the levers of power is tenuous, who is incompetent at governing and whose very tenure is illegitimate.

Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, was a leader who got the above reforms through by toughing it out in the face of extraordinary political adversity, a concerted campaign against her by the Murdoch press and some shock jocks to deny her legitimacy, and a personal invective that deployed a pathological sexism as weapon.

What may well happen is that Julia Gillard's legislative legacy and great record of reform (few ever mention the Murray-Darling agreement by the way) will probably be deleted from the political memory of the Labor Party by the men now in control. Gillard had offered a hollowed-out ALP a political future beyond its deadening labourism.

It is not clear that a post-Gillard ALP --starting with Rudd---will have the political nous to grasp it and build on it in order to reinvent itself as a social democracy in a globalised economy. So far they only see themselves as just trying to protect Gillard's reform legacy.

Gillard's picture of the political future was about social justice not the renewal of democracy that would address the expressions of contemporary voter cynicism and its lack of political literacy in the broad electorate. So we are left with a shallow and sensationalist media which continues to purvey old shibboleths as folk wisdom, the underlying message being that all politics is inherently corrupt. Politics is a uniquely dirty pursuit largely confined to political parties run by ruthless scoundrels

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:00 AM | | Comments (5)


Anne Summers has probably been the best writer around for some time on Gillard and the media.
Leaves the MSM miles behind.
Her latest book is pretty good too.

" the partisan commentary "

For the conservatives Gillard was the embodiment of political evil.

And what becomes of the Labor legacy when the Senate goes to Abbott?
A whole two days and people have already forgotten the rationale behind the leadership change, given the dreadful poll numbers?

I am disgusted (but hardly surprised) by the meejas crocodile tears over Gillard's fate and their bloody hypocrisy over her "tainted" legacy.

Those people are the worst sort of scum!

Keven Rudd is the worst thing that has happened to Labor since the dismissal.