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‘Get on the spouses bus’ – would it have happened here?

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Date: 15 September 2011

New Zealand officials have apologised to Prime Minister Julia Gillard after a driver refused to let her on to a bus with other leaders during the Pacific Islands forum in Auckland last week, telling her instead to get on the spouses’ bus.

I interviewed a woman yesterday who argues that Australians are not much better than the folk over the ditch in accepting women in leadership positions. When asked to describe what a leader looks like, they inevitably say, ‘Tall, male, white and wearing a suit’. I guess that’s why Julia was bumped?

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