You come across as a fairly smart man, I find it utterly inconceivable that you are trying to make excuses for Abbott's and others treatment of Gillard. I don't even like Gillard, and even I can see that she was targeted because she was a woman. Maybe it is just one of those things you will never get, because you aren't one.
I've come out of that whole thing realising that as a girl you can be anything you want it Australia - expect the Prime Minister, I wouldn't wish that kind of treatment on my worst enemy.
As for Abbott and what he said about her Father's death. If that had of been any other work place he would have been disciplined for his actions. Totally and utterly unacceptable, mean, spiteful, hateful. I could go on. And some people are still defending what he said? What the ef is wrong with some people.