Politics

Jan 31, 2013

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: eyes on a very modern PM

A modern Prime Minister now wears glasses. And modernity has broken out everywhere in Julia Gillard's political world.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

Putting modern families in view. Move over contact lenses. Perhaps the first bloke did a Craig Emerson and drank them. Whatever. A modern Prime Minister now wears glasses. And modernity has broken out everywhere in Julia Gillard's political world. Five "modern families" in yesterday's National Press Club speech; three "modern pressures" plus the "pressure of modern life" to go with "modern, busy pressurised lives", in a "modern nation" that has a "modern economy" with "modern medicine" in this "modern world". In all 14 moderns and a couple of modernises. Getting the picture. My Crikey colleague Bernard Keane was quick to note after yesterday's speech that the PM's speech didn’t mention the opposition or Tony Abbott at all. Not a single Liberal, National or Coalition.

How long to go is that? Take your tabloid pick.

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  1. Malcolm Hutton

    I think it was Neal Blewett, then an Adelaide University political science lecturer, who called Tom Playford’s electoral system a ‘cherrymander’ rather than the term ‘playmander’ used here. Tom had a cherry orchard in the Adelaide Hills. A clever and appropriate term.

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