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I guess nobody told her the Australian PM is a woman and an atheist

10:20 am - 11/08/2012
It must be quite a shock for Julia Gillard to find that President Barack Obama's re-election somehow transformed her into Australia's male, Christian president who "actually supports what he says".

Confused? So was Kristen Neel, a teenager from Georgia, who gained Twitter infamy in Australia in a matter of hours on Wednesday evening.

After news President Obama won four more years, the 18-year-old tweeted: "I'm moving to Australia, because their president is a Christian and actually supports what he says."

She has since deleted her Twitter account, but search tool Topsy showed she was retweeted over 1500 times.

Before she went offline, Ms Neel tried to explain.

"I was referring to the prevous (sic) office that actually had a moral position," she wrote.

Australian political and media observers didn't take long to pounce, sending out numerous tweets.

krystle_ab 8th-Nov-2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on what issues you look at. In some ways we are much more liberal than the US and in other ways we would fit right in with the Republicans.

Liberal/Democrat ideals: Healthcare, Public Education, Workers entitlements, etc
Conservative/ Republican ideals: Superannuation, Only a limited seperation of Church and state regarding schools (scripture, chaplains). No gay marriage (yet), talking tough on immigration, etc.

It all depends on what the person is looking at.
zanbam 8th-Nov-2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
Urgh public school chaplins. I rage so hard when I think about them. Waste of tax payers money. Use the time to teach ethics or Australian law or some shit.
lozbabie 8th-Nov-2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
Would they know enough about our country to even know about our superannuation though? (And can you explain to me why our super system would be considered good by Repubs. The employer pays it on top of our wages/salaries)
zanbam 8th-Nov-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
I know you can dump a bunch of your income into your super and that income is not considered taxable. The government caps how much you can put in though, and it's less this year than it was previously.
lozbabie 8th-Nov-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
At the most it was $1000 (my mum kept telling me to do that, but I didn't have the money to spare)
thenakedcat 8th-Nov-2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
Totally off-topic, but your icon is precious.
krystle_ab 8th-Nov-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Mainly because it is not paid for by the government I think.

I don't get it either, but look at the healthcare system in the US, that is also mainly paid for by employers.
mirhanda 8th-Nov-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
That internet censorship thing too. I think the republicans would love something like that. I hope that your government has dropped that idea by now!
krystle_ab 8th-Nov-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
So do I, I haven't heard anything new about it in a few weeks. I doubt a bill that controversial could pass in this parliament anyway.
mirhanda 8th-Nov-2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
I would hope not. TBH, I can't see how something so backward and just plain dictatorial could get as far as it did in a free society anyway.
krystle_ab 8th-Nov-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
I am much more concerned about the data retention plans, at least with the filter you could use proxy's. I also think this one may even have a chance of passing if it gets that far, too many people have the mindset of "if you are not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about"...

mirhanda 8th-Nov-2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Oh my. Ugh. I hope that doesn't go anywhere.
subsequent 9th-Nov-2012 08:46 am (UTC)
Conroy's dropped it today, thankfully. :)
subsequent 9th-Nov-2012 08:47 am (UTC)
Conroy's dropped it today, thankfully. :)
mirhanda 9th-Nov-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
That's some good news. Filters are so dumb. They would do better to just hire people to go in and find this stuff.
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