In Praise of Julia Gillard

OF Australia’s revolving doorsome foursome – Rudd/Gillard and Abbott/Turnbull – Julia Gillard has conducted herself with far more panache since leaving office than Rudd and Turnbull combined. The latter two regard themselves as emeritus prime ministers – as Benedicts in white forever – intervening to score vengeful cheap shots and prosecute their tiresome obsessions (almost always about the weather) on a near weekly basis. The feisty Tony Abbott has stayed away from his beloved Battlelines since losing Warringah last year, preferring to let his remarkable service as a volunteer fireman speak for itself. Gillard, however, hasn’t badgered or coached Scott Morrison or involved herself in subjects she considers her personal moral domain. She has, by and large, disappeared. Of the other ex-PMs, Paul Keating is the most borish. Obviously craving the flattery he received from the Press Gallery for decades, he continues to write lunar tracts on geo-politics and national security (specialising in advertorials for China). John Howard mostly confines himself to Liberal Party affairs – which is appropriate. Good show, Julia.

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55 Responses to In Praise of Julia Gillard

  1. V

    She’s remaining quiet because she knows she has some big skeletons in her closet and the door is opening with Michael Smith’s case against her and the investigation into fraudulent donations to the clinton foundation.

  2. Phill

    In the interests of maintaining polite discourse, my assessment does not align with the authors, and lets leave it at that.

  3. Mother Lode

    What would she call her policy ‘legacy’?

    The BER (which she supervised rather than authorised – that was Rudd) is dead and buried and did not connect to current topics like Continuing Climate Crisis Policies (CCCP). Rudd and Trumble every day see their litany of mayhem repudiated, and their egos can’t let it go.

    Gough knew enough not to poke the hornets nest with his hurty-feels. He realised he was to get far more adulation keeping his mouth shut and being the stoic man wronged – and he had flocks of idiots flapping about ‘maintaining the rage’ without him lifting a finger – and personally being caught out misrepresenting history when his dodos did so constantly. Not his doing.

    I doubt Gough would ever have signed off on a Fitzsimian version of his history. Perhaps stick his pawprint in a book but never say ‘I stand by this book.’

  4. Robert

    She’s disappeared because there’s a decade of shame attached to her pronouncing “hyperbole” as “hyperbowl” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xFrOxUFL-c
    If not that, then it’s the unresolved issue of certain statutory declarations made by her that should never have been made. The wantonly, virulently corrupt Victoria Police and Victorian DPP ensured that never saw its day in court.

  5. C.L.

    Wasn’t praising Gillard.
    Just pointing out that she isn’t on Twitter “slamming” the current government every day.
    Good for her, I say.

  6. Chris

    Gillard – to quote another Education Minister, “That woman couldn’t lie straight in bed!”
    Job 1 – overseas, with a ‘charity’ created as a money laundering facility for paying protection to Future President Hillary Clinton.
    Job 2 – Australia, Chairman of the Board of a charity/publicly funded NGO initially tasked with protecting depressed men from suicide, but now serving the alphabet.
    I think Ms Gillard is well aware that keeping her strident bogan voice down increases the likelihood of a suite of golden skirt directorships in a career that could well last another 40 years.

  7. cuckoo

    I’m resigned to the fact that certain allegations about certain POAs being falsely witnessed (“I always witness documents correctly!”) will never see the forensic light of day, so let’s call it a draw.

  8. min

    I would stay out pof the limelight too if I were her . There’s a civil court case brought against her by Michael Smith this based was onthe goings on when she was sacked from S& G . Also she bought herself a place in the Clinton Foundation b y giving them millions of taxpayers’ funds . Charles Ortel has investigated what has been going in in this foundations lots of fraud and money shuffled into wrong pockets and she will be dragged into this as well.

  9. stackja

    …since leaving office…

  10. Dave in Marybrook

    Turn it up, C.L.- if using $300m of taxpayer’s money to buy herself a berth with the globetrotting Soros-Clinton clique, then it’s too high a price to pay for a respectable third act.
    ..and who’s the chinned chick in the sketch? That’s not meant to be Giyyard, surely?

  11. cuckoo

    Or to quote her one-time employer:

    “Julia Gillard – the sooner she goes, the better”

  12. Robber Baron

    C.L. you can’t fish as well as the master fisherman Sinc!

    Try again.

  13. C.L.

    Turn it up, C.L.- if using $300m of taxpayer’s money to buy herself a berth with the globetrotting Soros-Clinton clique, then it’s too high a price to pay for a respectable third act.
    ..and who’s the chinned chick in the sketch? That’s not meant to be Giyyard, surely?

    Right.
    But as I said at 3:08 …
    Michael Smith is a fabulist loon. She is in no legal jeopardy whatsoever.
    Whether or not she should be is a separate matter.

  14. candy

    Don’t fret, C.L.
    She will pop up when the High Court finds Cardinal Pell guilty.

  15. nb

    min #3329609, posted on February 20, 2020 at 3:17 pm
    ‘lots of fraud and money shuffled into wrong pockets and she will be dragged into this as well’
    Indeed! Birds of a feather.
    It’ll be fun to watch the unveiling of the Clinton corruption, particularly as they start to throw everyone but themselves under the bus. Dear Julia will be wondering just what those millions of Aussie’s dollars bought her.

  16. Is there any subject on which you think Gillard should be heard, CL? Or do you just want her to shut up about everything.

  17. John Hewson isn’t exactly a shining light.

  18. Lee

    Or do you just want her to shut up about everything.

    Lefties have been saying the same thing about Tony Abbott since he lost the prime ministership, even when he was perfectly entitled to do so on the backbench.

  19. Pyrmonter

    Something must have happened … I agree with CL twice on a thread.

    1 Gillard is doing what former PMs should do: the quiet, dignified retirement. About the last to do that was Menzies: Whitlam carried on his vendetta againts Kerr; Fraser sought to be an ‘elder statesman’; Hawke hired himself out to the Burmese military thugs; Keating rants from PoPo on behalf of the ChiComs; Howard sticks to the Liberal Party, but has tried to reshape the memory of Menzies in his own image; Rudd won’t retire; Abbott has nothing else to do, and Turnbull will spend the next 3 decades dreaming of what might have been.

    2 Michael Smith is a loon.

    For those with obsessions about Clinton – where were you when Howard and Downer donated $25 million?

  20. Pyrmonter

    Forgot – Gorton fell out with his party and ran against it; McMahon hawked dubious unit trusts.

  21. Mother Lode

    Is there any subject on which you think Gillard should be heard, CL?

    I would say ‘yes’.

    But it must be under oath. We have to careful in case she purchases herself or by omission gives misleading testicle money.

  22. Rococo Liberal

    John Howard was the most successful of them all, in and out of office.

  23. duncanm

    Dave in Marybrook
    #3329612, posted on February 20, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Turn it up, C.L.- if using $300m of taxpayer’s money to buy herself a berth with the globetrotting Soros-Clinton clique, then it’s too high a price to pay for a respectable third act.

    Exactly – bought herself (with taxpayer’s money) a very nice sinecure at GPE

    I’d STFU if I was on that gravy train, too.

  24. Tim Neilson

    For those with obsessions about Clinton – where were you when Howard and Downer donated $25 million?

    Did either of them get a sinecure out of it?

    I wasn’t aware of the $25 million – sounds stupid, but in and of itself not proof of corruption.

  25. BorisG

    She will pop up when the High Court finds Cardinal Pell guilty.

    Cardinal Pell is already found guilty. The High Court does not find anyone guilty. It may or may not uphold the verdict.

  26. Suburban Boy

    Headline: In Praise of Julia Gillard

    C.L. comment: Wasn’t praising Gillard.

    Want to rethink one of those?

  27. Roger

    She has, by and large, disappeared.

    Mmm…yes; mostly to the UK, where she has scored a couple of well paying gigs in the education sector hectoring others about misogyny.

  28. C.L.

    No. I was praising her for not interfering in politics.
    ————–
    Abbott gave the Clinton Foundation $140,000,000.
    Let’s not be silly.
    Gillard is many things but a maniac like Rudd and Turnbull she isn’t.

    Very simple point.

  29. Neil

    Just pointing out that she isn’t on Twitter “slamming” the current government every day.
    Good for her, I say

    First point- correct

    Second point- why?

  30. Infidel Tiger

    Have always kind of like Jools. I think Tony did too.

  31. JC

    m0nty
    #3329667, posted on February 20, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Is there any subject on which you think Gillard should be heard, CL? Or do you just want her to shut up about everything.

    Fat boy, there’s nothing the Lying slapper could say about anything that would add to the fount of human knowledge. Zero. This is why it’s a good thing she’s keeping her mouth shut. Applaud it, don’t put her down.] for non acting like Turnbull and Rudd.

  32. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #3329801, posted on February 20, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Have always kind of like Jools. I think Tony did too.

    There was a vid where she became visibly flushed faced just by talking and seeing him.

  33. JC

    It comes down to this …

    Stop. Just stop.

    I keep asking and I forget each time. Who’s Gargantia on the Slapper’s left.

  34. Dave in Marybrook

    Who’s Gargantia on the Slapper’s left.
    Looks like Louise Milligan

  35. JC

    Looks like Louise Milligan

    Sure does, doesn’t it?

    Louise blocked me on twitter because I once considerately suggested she ought to lose some kilos as that was also impacting on her lack of credibility.

    Kindness doesn’t pay dividends all the time.

  36. JC

    It’s Sharan Burrow, JC.

    That’s right. I’m putting the name in my reminders for the next time you post that so I don’t have to ask.

  37. Tintarella di Luna

    She’s remaining quiet because she knows she has some big skeletons in her closet and the door is opening with Michael Smith’s case against her and the investigation into fraudulent donations to the clinton foundation.

    Spot on — she wants to remain under the radar, in fact she doesn’t want to be found. Ms Gillard and virtue just don’t compute.

  38. notafan

    On the money CL.

    Rubbery and Tumbler should shut the up.

  39. H B Bear

    Gillard has been effectively sacked from every job she has held.

    She knows the value of keeping silent.

  40. Neil

    I would keep quite if I did something like this

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/young-looking-refugees-sent-offshore

    Young-looking children were chosen to be transferred to the harsh Manus Island refugee detention centre to discourage other refugees from coming to Australia, an inquiry has heard.
    And children detained in facilities on Nauru are suffering illnesses and mental conditions caused by unsanitary and inhospitable conditions on the island nation while all refugees are subjected to a broad “intention to dehumanise”…..Gregory Lake, the former director of offshore processing and transfers at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, told the inquiry he was directed by a ministerial staff member to choose the youngest-looking children from among those eligible for the first transfer of detained people from Australia to Manus Island in 2012, when Labor was in government.

  41. Infidel Tiger

    I do think it’s hilarious that we have people still thinking that Michael Smith is about to have Jools arrested.

    Far out!

  42. Some History

    Show some respect. Julia’s surname is now pronounced with a Franch accent – Jie-lard… even Jie-yard. But “lard” is more apt.

    🙂

  43. Clam Chowdah

    Why’d you change the picture? The last one was more flattering.

  44. Narwhal Tusk

    Gawd, stared reading this thread and was about to say some one will post the dreaded “dancing ” clip.

  45. Neil

    Good attempt to post something nice about a Politician. That’s all I can say.

  46. mh

    A caricature of the nose.

    But where’s the huge backside?

  47. Howard Hill

    Is this meant to be click bait? Because when I see that hag I have to go to another site before I gag.

  48. FelixKruell

    I agree – she is the only one that left the PM role with class.

  49. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Best forgotten now she’s in hiding. A wild spender in thrall to the Greens.

    She turned a generation of capable women off politics by her incompetence and gender posturing which made it harder to female politicians in Australia to be taken seriously.

    Her ‘misogyny’ speech was a piece of self-serving rubbish.

    And then there are the rotten fruits of further endless spending:
    Her ‘climate change’ black balloons live on in infamy.
    Her NDIS turned a good idea into an expensive bureaucratic nightmare.
    She did nothing to contain Rudd’s NBN fantasies.

  50. John A

    OT but have to ask:

    Paul Keating is the most borish.

    “Boring” I understand and “boorish,” too, with both being eminently apt.

    But “borish”? A new portmanteau word to combine the two concepts?

  51. Professor afred Lenin

    Suppose that nakes keating a “boorish bore ” ,most appropriate description so apt .

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