PM's knitting portrait leaves voters feeling stitched up
WITH knitting needles in hand, cavoodle dog Reuben at her feet and a curious look on her face, the Women's Weekly photograph of Prime Minister Julia Gillard has caused quite the political stir.
The photograph, which will appear in today's edition of the Women's Weekly magazine, accompanies a story about Ms Gillard knitting a toy kangaroo for the royal baby.
The remarkable image was released in what many consider to be her toughest week in politics.
Sinking opinion polls, inner party turmoil and leadership questions have plagued the Labor party for weeks.
They look set to continue until the Federal election in September.
The timely release of the curious portrait has left some commentators speculating that it was just a stunt to distract or sway voters.
Yesterday, the photograph was published in numerous national newspapers.
The Chronicle asked readers on the street what they thought of the image of their prime minister.
Toowoomba voter Trevor Moulds believes when it came to the prime minister, many were too quick to speculate.
"Every time she is in the paper doing or saying something, some people think there is a ploy behind it," Mr Moulds said.
"Why can't this just be a picture of a lady knitting?"
Mother Chris Fletcher doesn't believe the photograph would have much effect on the outcome of the Federal election.
"I don't think this will affect voters," she said.
"Voters don't take much notice of this sort of thing."
The idea for the photograph was pitched to Women's Weekly by Ms Gillard's chief press officer John McTernan.