Today a massive change occured in Australian Politics.
In case you haven't heard (and I am sure you have) Julia Gillard is the new Australian Prime Minister. Our first ever female PM and only the second time a prime minister has been replaced through party room machinations in office.
It has been met with much positive response (especially from women - even those from the other side of politics) it has also been met with a lot of negative response - a little sad.
My feelings are like many others absolutely delighted, incredibly optimistic but also a little pessimistic. There are the nay-sayers because she is a woman, nay-sayers because she wasn't elected (Well she was by her electorate just like Kevin was!) nay-sayers as she is unmarried.
And of course she has to manage the factional politics of the Australian Labour Party - think shark-infested waters criss-crossed with balance beams and razor wire and you might be about two-thirds of the way there.
She is a consumate politician and she really does seem to have Tony Abbott's number (and regularly runs rings around him in question time) whilst maintaing a joking and friendly demeanour.
We live in interesting times.