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Chaussure foot nike verte nike magistax proximo ii tf as someone who soon hopes to find a job as a paid journalist, I was gratified earlier this week when the Canberra Press Gallery managed to do what it paid to do what many journalists overseas and many in the blogosphere and on social media failed to do provided necessary context to political events.
I am, of course, talking about the reaction to question time on Tuesday, when Julia Gillard gave a fifteen minute speech, refusing to be lectured on sexism by Tony Abbott and labelling him a was an audacious speech and a great piece of political theatre, and Gillard went on to detail numerous instances of Abbott demonstrating gross insensitivity to sexual politics.
The speech was viewed more than 300, 000 times on YouTube, Gillard trended on Twitter, and news articles such as this one were posted tens of thousands of times on Facebook.
Overseas publications as ideologically diverse as The Spectator andJezebel congratulated Gillard on the speech, and The New Yorker even asked what Obama might be able to learn from it.
Australia cultural cringe being what it is, such validation was readily accepted as evidence of our own press insularity.
Political reporters from Michelle Grattan and Peter Hartcher to Chris Uhlmann and Dennis Shanahan were accused of being disengaged.
Many on Twitter, and in blogs and articles like Tim Dunlop on The Drum, saw the Canberra Press Gallery more subdued reaction to Gillard speech as evidence that they ready to be superseded by citizen journalists and social media.
As someone who takes more than a passing interest in politics, and who happened to listen to most of question time on Tuesday, I with the real journos.
Gillard speech did a great job of illuminating Abbott hypocrisy.
But the question that desperately needed to be answered was that of the future of disgraced speaker Peter Slipper, and Gillard speech was a skillful evasion of that.
She chose to give a man capable of sending truly grotesquetext messages one of the highest offices in the land in order to shore up her own numbers, and she avoided taking responsibility for that decision.
As a feminist, I always disappointed when sexual politics are used, by men or women, to evade serious moral questions.
I think it does the overall cause of gender equality a great disservice in the long run.
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