Australian women political leaders will never escape media attention on superficial matters like their appearance, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says. The state’s first female premier on Wednesday gave her last annual State of the State address before the next election. In a question-and-answer session, she was asked how treatment of her by the media differed because she was a woman. ”Female leaders globally, particularly in Australia, are still a novelty,” Ms Bligh said. ”… I do think that partly because of the novelty people are interested in a whole lot of things that don’t excite interest about male politicians.”
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