I'm on a quick break before I start work again for the rest of the afternoon. It's feeling a bit slow in the office today because there are so many people away (I'm all alone in the design room today!).
So, yesterday was a big day in Australian politics. The Labor party ousted the current Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and elected a new leader who is now Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
I am actually really surprised at how little the Australian public know about how our political system works. Wait - scratch that. I'm surprised how many people on my Facebook don't know how it works. Wow. Can't start the entry on huge generalisations. Some of the comments are unbelievable. In Australia, no matter how much you like a leader, that's not who you vote for. You vote for the party and their policies. The party then votes the leaders. Anyone who is disappointed that the person they voted for isn't leading is a bit silly. Hence the reason I didn't vote Labor in the last election - it was their policies I wasn't too comfortable with, rather than me thinking Mr. Rudd was or wasn't a stand up guy.
Anyways. The sledging has started. The red hair jokes, comments about her being a socialist, etc, etc. I don't mind her. I think she's fierce, brave, a terrific speaker and debater. She likes to solve problems, and seems a bit more genuine than old Rudd was (however, I did feel sorry for him when he addressed the media - the poor guy was noticeably shaken and upset about what had happened).
Remember yesterday's date kids - in the future it will be one of the trivia questions at the local pub - date, names, etc.