Frank O'Shea: Aussie 'sheila' culture drove Gillard from office
THERE is one thing you should know about Australia: many people here see the role of a woman in the same way that their grandparents did. The word 'sheila' is not heard as widely as it used to be, but Helen Reddy and Germaine Greer notwithstanding, you wouldn't want to let that fool you.
When the general election of 2010 threw up a hung parliament, independent members gave their support to Labour leader Julia Gillard to head a minority government.
The loser in that fight for numbers was Tony Abbott, a former Rhodes scholar with an Oxbridge blue for boxing. He liked to be seen in budgie-smuggler swimming shorts or in a lycra bicycle outfit: a man's man.