There’s an interesting sidebox in an article on the Labor leadership race in today’s Sunday Mail where Julia Gillard discusses her intention not to have children and her single status:
Julia Gillard believes she can lead Australia as a single, childless woman. The Opposition health spokeswoman, who is expected to declare her Labor leadership ambitions tomorrow, cited US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as her inspiration. “Dr Rice is a single, childless black woman and she is the most powerful woman in the world,” she said. Ms Gillard, 43, revealed that she did not plan to have children and defended her unmarried status. She vowed to ignore any calls on her to get married if she became Labor leader. “In public life, you’ve got to have a real sense of who you are as a person,” she said.
In this, Julia is no different from many other Australian professional women, but no doubt she will be pilloried for it. More’s the pity.
NOTE: Check out the photo of Ruddy in the story – he seems to be seeking support from someone who’s not currently a member of Caucus. We’ll find out tomorrow whether he’s in the race. If he doesn’t enter, I suspect it will have more to do with factional and union pressure than the numbers. It would be a real pity if the Beazer were to be unopposed, given the many legitimate question marks over his leadership.
ELSEWHERE: The Sunday Mail, God bless its Murdoch heart, is running a bit of a parochial banana bender campaign for Ruddy. Witness this profile. Turns out Ruddy is from a battler background. I thought personal narratives were out of style now? Anyone remember the “boy from Green Valley”?
UPDATE: I was right in my suspicion about the pressure on Ruddy. The Queensland AWU has bound its members to support Beazley. Michelle Grattan captures Ruddy’s dilemma: if he doesn’t run, he looks wimpy. If he does, the Right extracts revenge later. Charming, isn’t it? So that’s what they call unity…