Ortberg / Ghooost
Sausage sizzle at the polling place is the gold standard here in Oz.
All our alien thanks to you!
Try not to mess up the world too much today.
That's Wayne Swan, the Treasurer.
She voted against the recent private members bill three weeks ago which would have introduced same-sex marriage. There is usually very strong party discipline in Australia, but on this subject the party gave its MPs a conscience vote (ie, they are not bound by the party position, which is nominally pro same-sex marriage) and about a third of the caucus crossed to vote with the conservative opposition.
Yeah, it's absolutely true that she is exposed to much worse criticism than any male PM has been or would be. Anne Summers' essay (NSFW version) catalogues it all pretty well.
This is all from the angry right wing, though there's plenty of criticism from the left too. To give an example, yesterday, on the same day as this speech, the government also put through laws to push 100,000 single parents (mostly single mothers) off parenting welfare payments onto the less generous Newstart, the generic payment for job-seekers, for which Gillard is copping flak from the left.
Three daughters whose "greatest gift" is their virginity, according to Dad.
The last time I was this impressed with Gillard was way back when Labor was in opposition. As deputy PM under Kevin Rudd she was responsible for some of the worst decisions of that government (eg increasing cruel treatment of asylum seekers, abandoning plans for a carbon trading scheme just when it was getting community support). As PM she has led an insipid government (even allowing for its status as a minority government) that has desperately tried to avoid having almost any policy that could be described as progressive. But I'm glad that, at least for the moment I'm once again proud of my PM.