For those in other countries Australia has just sworn in our first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard (pictured).
She has filled the post after the former Prime Minister (Kevin Rudd - see 2 posts ago) was flagging in the polls.
Gillard is less conservative than Rudd and is not a Christian so I think many of my fellow Australian Christians will go for the more conservative, Christian Tony Abbott. I will not.
This is for two reasons. The first is there is no benefit to me personally by voting liberal as they will no doubt cut social security (which I depend on for a living) and also cut education and health. I study and use the health system a lot for my mental illness. I can not vote for anyone who would decrease my quality of life to that extent, whether he believes in God or not.
The second reason is that, as a woman, Julia Gillard may be more open to some of the more intense issues effecting women such as domestic violence, rape and child abuse. I am not a conventional feminist but I do not believe women and children should put up with the light penalties for these crimes and the lack of education and shame surrounding them.
Also, in her words: "I will delight you. I will disappoint you. But always I will be working hard for you."
No doubt other people will have different views. I am not representing anyone else. These are just my views. I only ask if you have other views to please be respectful.