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Australia’s newest Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is also our first female Prime Minister. In addition to that monumental first, she is also the first to be in a de fact relationship, rather then married, and the first to be an open atheist.
This has led to some criticism of her lifestyle choice, with conservative members of the opposition and her own party, making derogatory comments about her childless state.
The latest to have jumped on the bandwagon of insulting Ms Gillard’s personal choices in Mark Latham. Mr Latham was a contender to be Australia’s Prime Minister in 2004 for the Labor party, which Ms Gillard represents.
He grew increasingly unpopular with the Australian people as he continued in his term as opposition leader, and is the subject of an infamous photo of his extremely aggressive handshake with then-Prime Minister John Howard.
Since being dumped by the Labor party Mr Latham has been part of a series of stunts to remain in the public consciousness, he ran a brief report for Australia’s 60 Minutes, released a tell-all biography and has been making his opinion known on a variety of topics.
When being interviewed on ABC radio Mr Latham said Ms Gillard has less love and empathy as a result of not having children.
“To choose a career ahead of the opportunity of having children? I think having children is the great loving experience of any lifetime and by definition, you haven’t got as much love in your life if you make that particular choice,” he said.
“I’m not the only one saying that. And I’ve also had some experience where around small children she was wooden. ”Empathy around small children is a pretty good test of what sort of person you are in life.”