In a sobering piece, Glenn Milne reminds us that while Julie Bishop is being crucified for minor errors, Julia Gillard gets away with punching a massive hole in the budget.
THIS is a story about double standards. So, inevitably it is also about politics. And about Julie v Julia. The Julie, of course, is shadow treasurer Julie Bishop. And the Julia is Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Minister, the two highest-profile women in Australian politics. But being of equal status, does this mean they receive equal treatment from both the media and their colleagues? On the evidence of recent weeks, apparently not. >> moreJust yesterday Julie Bishop was forced defend herself against allegations that she is being forced to step down reminding us that:
"Wayne Swan is looking for the green light from the Australian public to go into debt but he has no plan to pay it off," ... "Once the country is plunged into debt under the Labor Government there is a very fair chance that they will raise taxes to pay it off. "That's what we've seen in the past, that's what we'll see again."