Jul 212010

“Start with something so basic it barely gets a mention. That voice. Gillard’s accent is curious. Especially if, like her, you grew up in Adelaide, had a working-class background and went to public schools. I’m often asked why I don’t sound like Gillard. Easy. No one in Adelaide sounds like Gillard. Certainly no one who went to Unley High School, hardly a school of hard knocks. Could she have manufactured those broad nasal vowels, so different even from her Adelaide-accented sister, to fit her political emergence within Labor’s left-wing factions? You feel so cynical even suggesting it.”

If this is the best conservatism has to throw at Labor in what has thus far been the most lack-lustre of election campaigns, then the poll has already been won by Labor.

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