Julia Gillard Shoe Ransom

January 28, 2012 by staff 

Julia Gillard Shoe Ransom, The shoe – a dark blue, size 36 Midas pump – has been handed to an Aboriginal elder, Pat Eatock, who says Ms Gillard should collect it within a week or it will be sold on ebay.

A shoe purported to be Ms Gillard’s fetched bids of £1400 today before it was removed from sale.

“I see it sitting like Cinderella’s shoe in a glass case in a museum 10 years from now as this is part of the history of race relations in Australia,” said Ms Eatock, 75, who was the first Aboriginal woman to seek election to Parliament.

The ugly scenes in Canberra yesterday have caused a furore in Australia, prompting widespread media coverage, inflaming racial tensions and leading to the sacking of one of the prime minister’s aides.

Protesters calling for Aboriginal sovereignty today burnt an Australian flag outside Parliament House, as indigenous leaders called for calm and some dismissed the recent violence as a disgrace.

The angry scenes in Canberra yesterday were triggered by airing of remarks by the Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, who suggested a 40-year-old makeshift Aboriginal tent embassy was no longer relevant and should be dismantled. Activists at the embassy then shifted their protests to a nearby function being attended by Mr Abbott and Ms Gillard.

Ms Gillard has won praise for her efforts during the ensuing mayhem, with a news cameraman capturing her coolly asking her security guards whether they had a plan to rescue Mr Abbott. Both were then ferried away into a waiting car in an evacuation that left the prime minister without a shoe.

However, in an embarrassment for the Prime Minister, Tony Hodges, one of her media advisers was forced to resign today after it emerged he had tipped off a “stakeholder” about Mr Abbott’s presence at the function and the person had then informed the protesters. Ms Gillard’s spokesman said the staff member had not encouraged violence but the tip-off was “an error of judgment”.

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