News: PM to appear on Q and A again
In what is sure to be one of the biggest fights of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s short period in the top job, she will appear on Q and A to try to sell her party’s Carbon Tax to the people.
This is already the second time this year she has appeared on the popular ABC program- the first being on March 14. She also appeared last year as a part of her election campaign.
But this will arguably be the most compelling of all- her popularity is at an all-time low, and she is copping a hammering in the media.
However, Gillard has always performed well on Q and A, in terms of the way she comes across, at least (leaving aside policies for a minute) and her last two appearances have at least managed to make her seem more human.
Her only downfall is her propensity to nervously giggle at difficult questions- a disarming technique which at first seems charming, but soon becomes irritating and all-too contrived.
In fairness to her, however, she doesn’t tend to shirk questions, and always gives an answer, however weak you may perceive it to be.
Watch for these questions, though, and if she decides to (or has been instructed to) deal with them differently;
-The “backflip”/the “lie” over the carbon tax (her pre-election promise).
-What effect will pricing carbon in Australia have when the world’s biggest emitters are not adopting a similar strategy.
Regardless, it will be a ratings bonanza for the ABC once again.
The press release says:
“The ABC is pleased to announce that Prime Minister Julia Gillard will join Tony Jones in a special episode of Q&A, live to air on Monday, 11 July at 9.35pm on ABC1, the day after announcing her carbon tax pricing policy.
Can she deliver the most significant economic reform for a generation? What are the details and how will they affect you?”