Grown-Up Government: Bindi for Prime Minister! (Or President!).

Hartley, John (2010) Grown-Up Government: Bindi for Prime Minister! (Or President!). Antenna : Responses to Media and Culture.


Last week I called the Australian federal campaign the Inception election. As we lurch toward voting day on August 21, reality has tried to kick in, but to little avail.

The two leaders, Prime Minister Julia Gillard (Labor) and challenger Tony Abbott (Liberal), both of whom recently toppled their predecessors in party-room coups, are now frantically searching for their own identity. And that’s what the election itself is increasingly about. Even though both have substantial track records as ministers, they are untried as national leaders. The real conundrum of the campaign – for them, if not for voters – is: Who the heck are these people?

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ID Code: 39537
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Australia, election campaign, media , Facebook, voters
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 John Hartley
Deposited On: 19 Jan 2011 22:37
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2011 22:37

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