Former Australian Prime Ministers Abroad

One has to admire the courage, the fortitude and the rhetorical ability of Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull in travelling abroad, with their generous parlimentary pensions and drop guano from a foreign land.

The latest contribution is from Julia Gillard in the Financial Times in what is concurrently a grossly misleading yet honest account:

Julia Gillard on resilience after misogyny

Apparently, in the mind of Julia Gillard, the thing non-Australians recognise best about Australia is koalas, kangaroos and her “mysogyiny speech”:

For many people Julia Gillard meets outside her home country, Australia seems to mean one thing in particular. “It becomes clear during the conversation that, apart from kangaroos and koalas, my speech is the only thing they associate with Australia,”

What with the 3 million YouTube views from a global population of what, 6 billion?

The speech has been viewed more than 3m times on YouTube and resonated with women — and men — not just in Australia but around the world.

But for all the crap about the honesty and spontenaity of the speech comes these 2 nuggets:

This was partly because of Ms Gillard’s delivery. Facing her adversary, she barely glances at her notes, and speaks forcefully. She delivers a series of rhetorical blows against Tony Abbott, then leader of the opposition and later prime minister, in which she details a range of sexist behaviour and comments by him. At first, many in the chamber try to laugh off the criticism but then look increasingly uncomfortable.

and

“Going into question time, sometimes you know it feels right,” she says during a recent visit to the Financial Times offices in London. “Walking in, I felt loose, I felt comfortable.”

Barely looked at her notes ad feeling loose and comfortable.  Basically, a practiced and staged stunt.  Hows that mysogyny.  But some more honesty:

The speech had an effect, at home and abroad. Domestically, it did not save Ms Gillard’s political career. She stepped down as prime minister and leader of the Australian Labor party in June 2013, and left politics soon after.

Internationally, aided by the connections she made as prime minister, it has opened doors and sparked new ideas.

So not only was it a pre-planned stunt, it was for the purpose of getting overseas jobs.   You know like the $292 million (yes million) of tax payer funds Gillard gave to the Clinton Global Partnership for Education, an organisation where she somehow, miraculously wound up being chair.  A role for which most likely these Australian tax dollars contribute to her salary and expenses.

One might say what a disgrace.  But this is a former Labor Prime Minister and the 3 most recent Labor Prime Ministers, Rudd, Gillard and Turnbull, will most likely continue to criticise from a comfortable distance.

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38 Responses to Former Australian Prime Ministers Abroad

  1. RobertS

    I hope Michael Smith can eventually drive a stake through that b***h’s heart.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Our secret strategy to rule the world.
    Export our awful ex-PMs.
    They make such a mess of the rest of the planet that Australia comes out on top.
    We’re the Steven Bradbury country!

  3. wal1957

    She was the worst PM in my lifetime….closely followed by Rudd MK2 and Rudd Mk1.
    Turdball only came in 4th on my rankings.
    I reckon he’d be p!$$ed off about that. He certainly tried.

  4. Dr Fred Lenin

    She was a total failure as a lawtradesperson ,a PM and a woman ,real women wouldn’t talk to the slut ,chasing other women’s husbands and the fathers of their children ,she should be in jail for stealing ,from widows and orphans ,she didn’t give stuff about them ,she never had a husband or a child and that’s what real women do .

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    Just thought of a cure for the former PM affliction ,confiscate their assets ,stop their pensions and perks and cancel their passports leaving them stateless . They can get new passports from the untidy nayshuns they love ,or their comrades in Venezuela . Mightn’t shut them up but itwould be nice to inflict financial pain on them ,give us a warm feeling of acheivement.

  6. 132andBush

    the 3 most recent Labor Prime Ministers, Rudd, Gillard and Turnbull,

    LOL

  7. Clam Chowdah

    Dude. Spell check.

    Don’t draft while drinking.

  8. One ScoMo doesn’t make a Spring

    That speech was made so as to throw the pack off the Speakers scent which was
    Pungent. The laughter from the house was how hypocritical PMG was. MSM and Social Media jumped the shark that day my friends.

  9. Dave in Marybrook

    Thanks Sparts, and good on ye for keeping the memory of Gillard’s pre-concieved spontaneity alive.
    In my view- just the once, I remember you-tube’n the vision after hearing the bilious rant in the tractor- she didn’t barely glance at her notes, she referenced her notes constantly throughout.

  10. DaveR

    Malcolm Turnbull. ex -Prime Misister in exile.

  11. Craig

    Julia Gillard, what a ####.

  12. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Corballing not corralling.
    A technique of overlapping stone construction for ceilings of stone buildings

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oops. Wrong thread, correction of predictive effing text for open thread comment

  14. Cpt Seahawks

    Bishop? Hello, anyone?

  15. Exit Stage Right

    Michael Smith is still on the trail of this disgusting person. He has invested years in trying to bring this woman to the courts to account for the out and out theft that she was involved in all those years ago. If you have followed Smithy’s blog, you will know that he is thorough and relentless and the facts are all there. The TURC and Dyson Heydon down played the Ranga’s involvement, but according to Smith, she aint seen nothing yet.
    Go Smithy!

  16. Dianeh

    my speech is the only thing they associate with Australia,”

    Absolute bollocks.

    She has that completely wrong. Her speech is the only thing they associate with her. Self absorbed cow can’t tell the difference.

  17. Tel

    She delivers a series of rhetorical blows against Tony Abbott, then leader of the opposition and later prime minister, in which she details a range of sexist behaviour and comments by him. At first, many in the chamber try to laugh off the criticism but then look increasingly uncomfortable.

    So bullying then.

    All unrelated to any policy matters or the purpose for which Parliament was built.

  18. Robber Baron

    For the next 9 months Turnbull will be undermining Morrison from New York, then Rudd and Gillard will take over and undermine Shorten also from New York. I suspect the ABC will be investing more “news” resources in New York for the next 9 months only, then all of a sudden these resources will be redeployed away from New York.

  19. H B Bear

    The Three Stooges in exile.

    KRudd and Waffleworth are both highly defective people, complete and utter narcissists. Gillard has always been a hard Left ideologue and much more dangerous. Her NDIS is a Fabian nightmare that will cause serious damage to Australia.

  20. Ellen of Tasmania

    I always thought – and still think – that speech was embarrassing.

    If that’s representative of Australian women to the world, then I need to practice some new accents.

    (I get the ‘you make your bed, you lie in it’ thingy, but for all that I do feel sorry for people like Ms Gillard, who have bought into a lie about what life is really all about and what brings true fulfilment, especially for women. It’s only when I remember how vehemently she propagates that lie to young girls that my sympathy drastically wanes.)

  21. Roger

    For many people Julia Gillard meets outside her home country, Australia seems to mean one thing in particular. “It becomes clear during the conversation that, apart from kangaroos and koalas, my speech is the only thing they associate with Australia,”

    Which says more about the people she now associates with than about Australia.

    A mediocrity among mediocrities who’ve managed to finagle good gigs by ticking the right boxes.

  22. Des Deskperson

    All you need to know about Gillard and her sincerity about fighting misogyny is contained in this piece from March, 2013:

    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/julia-gillard-the-goose-over-easter-bunny-kyle-sandilands/news-story/fa474085686c1609ce46b605020a698a?sv=46c0729540135a891711e90f97ee10c1

    about her subsequent sucking up to bloated shockjock Kyle Sandilands.

    It perfectly exposes Gillard’s hypocrisy, her shoddy political opportunism and her ethical poverty. How she has been able to get away with it for all these years escapes me.

  23. Senile Old Guy

    For many people Julia Gillard meets outside her home country, Australia seems to mean one thing in particular. “It becomes clear during the conversation that, apart from kangaroos and koalas, my speech is the only thing they associate with Australia,”

    What a f*cking horror. The utterly worst PM and political “leader” in my life. An utterly tone deaf and useless politician. That “speech” was a political stunt to try to deflect attention from the grub that was propping up her “government”. The “speech” was completely self-serving and insincere BS. But typical for a union hack.

  24. struth

    For many people Julia Gillard meets outside her home country, Australia seems to mean one thing in particular. “It becomes clear during the conversation that, apart from kangaroos and koalas, my speech is the only thing they associate with Australia,”

    Only lefties would talk to her.
    They are , of course, are ignorant and dumb.
    This is a dumb ex labor PM telling us she exists in a left wing bubble.

  25. Indolent

    It perfectly exposes Gillard’s hypocrisy, her shoddy political opportunism and her ethical poverty. How she has been able to get away with it for all these years escapes me.

    “Ethical poverty”. Beautifully put. She gets away with it because the media is completely captive to the socialist, totalitarian left and she fits into the profile perfectly.

  26. H B Bear

    It perfectly exposes Gillard’s hypocrisy, her shoddy political opportunism and her ethical poverty. How she has been able to get away with it for all these years escapes me.

    Liar patronage. Gillard’s first stop after being constructively dismissed from Slugs & Grubs for unethical (and possibly illegal) behaviour was Mother Russia’s collapsing Liar government in Victoriastan under cover of Emily’s List. Then she was off to the races.

  27. DaveR

    All three unsuitable to be a political leader. Why is it that it only becomes obvious to everyone after they have left office (and done damage to the country)?

  28. Mark M

    She delivers a series of rhetorical blows against Tony Abbott, then leader of the opposition …”

    So, how successful were those “rhetorical blows”?

    ” … then leader of the opposition and later prime minister”

    Sounds like hyperbowl to me.

  29. old bloke

    “It becomes clear during the conversation that, apart from kangaroos and koalas, my speech is the only thing they associate with Australia,”

    It wasn’t “her” speech, it was written by John McTernan, the intention being to deflect attention away from her truly misogynistic Speaker, Peter Slipper.

    The rant was truly embarrassing, the Australian media initially were very quiet about it and it would have disappeared completely from view except for John McTernan’s promotion of it to media contacts in England and the USA. The Australian media started lauding the rant only after interest was generated overseas.

  30. rickw

    Internationally, aided by the connections she made as prime minister, it has opened doors and sparked new ideas.

    Pay to Play with our money. Lovely.

  31. Tim Neilson

    So, how successful were those “rhetorical blows”?

    If I recall correctly, the first opinion polls taken after the speech showed her approval rating among women unchanged and her approval rating among men down 8%.

  32. For a few months after the corrupt commie slapper brought us to one of the lowest places in Australian history with that fucking horror show of a performance I had a lot of fun.

    Every time a woman asked me for the time I would tell them that I couldn’t look at my watch as it would be considered misogyny and then walked off.

    The looks on their faces were priceless.

  33. So Ms Gillards Utube speech was less popular than this cat video?
    Fair enough.

  34. Pete of perth

    Cancel their passports

  35. J.H.

    Ah, yes. The women of the Socialist elite. They were all set to globally sweep the world with Leftist politics and wondrous womenzes power, led by Hillary….. and then Trump. All their powers ended up in a pussy hat on their heads.

    They had all our money, they had empowered themselves with outrageous laws, censorship and bureaucratic overreach. The Leftists had stacked the permanent Bureaucracy with stooges, they had wound down the “Glass Ceiling” so that a snake could barely slither around underneath it without breaking it…… and then Trump came along and shoved the whole damned lot into the dustbin of history while tweeting furiously about everything he was thinking of doing….

    It was the most fabulous thing.

    If Trump’s popularity can translate into winning the Mid Term elections for the Republicans so that they retain both houses….. Trump will consolidate power. It will guarantee his second term. He will literally own the place until the end of his administration.

    I don’t think he is a guy who will squander that power or popularity either. Trump will indeed have all these Leftist pussies by the short and curly’s.

  36. LBLoveday

    “…Malcolm Turnbull in travelling abroad, with their generous parlimentary pension…s”

    Way back in 2004, 14 long years ago, Howard closed the Parliamentary Pension Scheme to newcomers, so every MP, Representative or Senator, elected for the first time in or after the 2004 Federal Election, is not a member of said scheme and receives no pension, generous or other, other than those available to all Australians, like Age & Disability pensions.

    Turnbull was first elected in the 2004 election, and hence does not receive a parliamentary pension; there is plenty to knock him on without making something up.

  37. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Turnbull is independently wealthy, due to the right contacts and one lucky break with Ozemail. He needs no pension and no pity. His own inflexibility and narcicissim have brought him low. His family too have profited from the climate change boondoggle which he so rigorously inflicted on the Nation to the utter dismay of the fed-up foot soldiers of his own Party.

    Ellen, I feel much as you so about Gillard. A woman ruined by leftism, a disease with which she continues trying to infect others, especially young women.

  38. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Clam, Dr Fred has trouble with his eyes. His inimitable style is now part of Catallaxy lore. 🙂

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