The Leaders Debate 2010
Gillard won for the following reasons
- She gave a polished professional performance
- Backed up her answers with credible qualifications including a broad knowledge base on specific topic
- Kept to script in so much as the narrative she is telling
Abbott lost for the following reasons
- He invoked Howard not an original idea in his head
- He looked confused at times and out of his dept
- He continuously read from his notes
- Spin Spin Spin
Sky News gave it to Abbot, not clear on how they came to that conclusion, other than some sort of editorial commentary. In the main it was called a line ball, with neither side truly advancing their case but simply playing it safe.
My wife and I
During the ‘Great Dull Leader’s Debate’, only one thing stands out Abbott introducing his wife Margaret (I have a spouse & you do not). Then today she appears side-by-side with him for the first time on the campaign trail, at a Brisbane childcare centre. Gillard is a single woman, but does have a partner Tim Mathieson and obviously, this situation does not fit the vanilla 1950’s narrative. It seems no matter how sophisticated the world becomes the dominant narrative breaks through, where the wife of the candidate is no more than a political accessory. Gillard does not fit this stereotype, she then becomes an obvious target for the venomous barbs of the media, a bit like comments about hairstyles and fashion in minimising the contribution women make.
My wife & I