Gillard to address NZ Parliament

February 8th, 2011 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

NZPA report:

Australian Prime Minister will make her first visit to New Zealand next week and become the first foreign leader to address New Zealand’s Parliament.

Prime Minister John Key announced today that Ms Gillard would visit on February 15 and 16.

He said a highlight would be her speech in Parliament’s debating chamber on the 16th.

“She will be the first foreign leader to do so – this will be a highlight of the visit and underscores the special and unique relationship that exists between the two countries,” Mr Key said.

I think it is appropriate that the Australian PM is the first leader to do so.

Rudd was scheduled to do so last year but of course got rolled the week before by Gillard. Labor has fallen behind the Coalition in the polls for the first time since the election, so lets hope Julia actually survives the next two weeks, so we don’t have to go for third time lucky!

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22 Responses to “Gillard to address NZ Parliament”

  1. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    She’s so robotic and has that awful flat voice! Now, who does she remind me of?

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  2. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Orn beeharf orv theee Orstrayan peeepul…..yes BeaB, it truly is awful.

    I was unaware we had never had another foreign leader address parliament. Interesting fact but yes, appropriate for our closest neighbour to be given that privilege. It also screams out just how much of a backwater we really are.

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  3. Matt (227 comments) says:

    Heh, if she does get rolled we’ll never see another Australian PM even think of addressing the NZ Parliament.

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  4. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    This explains the sudden appearance of Phil Goff’s ginger hair… he did it to make Gillard feel at home.

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  5. lastmanstanding (1,293 comments) says:

    the lucky country aint so lucky lately and the PM will always cope the fallout no matter what.
    Understand the GUmint is trailling the Oppo by a few points in total and Labor is at 32 point where they were at 38 when she rolled KRUDD.

    Maybe the knives are being sharpened.

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  6. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Bet a lot of MPs have to see their accountants, lawyers or dentists on the 16th. I know I would.

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  7. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    DPF

    Where will the ginga leader of OZ make this speech from?

    Does she use the speakers chair or will she use one of the MP’s seats?

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  8. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    Dazz

    Be fair, Gillard (gey-laard) is in fact a Pom by birth.

    While I agree with BeaB that she is an extremely unattractive female and has a voice that could melt glass, it could be that her Pommy accent is mixing in with her ‘stine’ accent resulting in a sound that has not been heard this side of the tasman since the bilious one pissed off to New York.

    But, as others have said, with a bit of luck she will be rolled within the next few weeks and we will all be saved the torture of hearing her speak.

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  9. starboard (2,536 comments) says:

    ooohhh cant wait..

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  10. noskire (842 comments) says:

    I’m picking Hone will use this as another self-serving media opportunity, conveniently disguised as an opportunity to speak up for his Aboriginal bro’s.

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  11. Bryla (263 comments) says:

    Don’t you lot worry about Julia KillHard being knifed in the next few weeks. While the long knives in the ALP are ALWAYS sharp and ready, Julia’s more than capable of looking after herself (Keven didn’t even see it coming) and besides, who exactly is stupid enough to want the poisoned cup any more than 6 months out from an election. Keep your head down, keep slipping viagra into Tony Abbot’s Weetbix, and wait for January 2013.

    You heard it here first.

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  12. adze (2,126 comments) says:

    You’re probably right noskire.

    Either him or his nephew

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  13. niggly (830 comments) says:

    Do ya think Wussell & co will do some sort of a stunt? :-)

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  14. Viking2 (11,467 comments) says:

    Emotional PM recalls the bravery of victims and volunteers in the floods crisis

    Julia Gillard has been moved to tears while paying tribute to the victims of Australia’s natural disasters.

    JULIA Gillard has choked back tears on the floor of federal parliament while paying tribute to the victims of the Queensland floods.

    Tear jerking always gets attention. Ask any of our names with held celebs who later go on telly to grovel and tell lies about how sorry they are.
    Oh dear do we have this to look forward too?

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  15. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Gillard is toast. The doyenne of the left commentariat Phillip Adams quit the Labor Party over her elevation and has just reiterated (in a column I can’t find online) that she’s a lame duck.

    During the Queensland floods Anna Bligh, who was by no means wildly popular herself, outclassed Gillard. She had to resort to literally waving the flag in Parliament today, also shedding tears over the floods.

    And the ABC’s Four Corners last night felt things were so desperate they needed to repeat a “furphy” (as the Australians quaintly call a bare faced lie) about Gillard – that she “let” Rudd have the leadership – as fact.

    A high ranking job at the UN cannot be far away.

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  16. adze (2,126 comments) says:

    Rex, or a directorship of a recruitment consultancy, if we consider her as Aus parallel of Shipley (first female PM, who rolled the incumbent) rather than Clark.

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  17. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    Rex

    What chance Crudd making a John Howard like comeback?

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  18. Bryla (263 comments) says:

    Bruv – none.

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  19. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    BB:

    Howard was liked by many of his Ministers and respected and/or feared by backbenchers. Rudd is universally despised.

    Which, being Labor, means “of course there is, as long as the polls tell them he can win an election” :-D

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  20. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    Rudd always comes across as a pretentious knob head who thinks he is better than everyone else.

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  21. wikiriwhis business (3,996 comments) says:

    Am I slow and no one is stating the obvious

    This is the first sure sign of economic union across the ditch. Common currency this decade.

    Unless Goldman Sachs utterly destroys the world first to keep up their yacht payments.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-B2V2l_6QE&feature=channel

    Find out about Blyth Masters. Utterly ruthless CEO of Goldman Sachs and causing world hunger.

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  22. Paulus (2,626 comments) says:

    With her Ossie Acacacent will I be able to understand her, or will she have an interpreter with her ?

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