Inspiring: Murwillumbah nutritionist Olwen Anderson says PM Julia Gillard will inspire young women to go for the country’s top job.
Inspiring: Murwillumbah nutritionist Olwen Anderson says PM Julia Gillard will inspire young women to go for the country’s top job. Crystal Spencer

Positive vibes for PM Gillard

A MURWILLUMBAH business leader says Julia Gillard's elevation to Prime Minister was recognition of ability over gender.

Nutritionist and naturopath Olwen Anderson, part of the organising team for the Murwillumbah Business Women's Networking Breakfast, said Ms Gillard's appointment yesterday morning was an inspiration.

“People recognise ability over gender. Yes, she is a woman, but she has been elected because of her capabilities, rather than gender,” Ms Anderson said.

“It's nice to see that's the most important thing.”

Ms Olwen said she believed the leadership changeover would motivate other young women to aspire for the top job.

“It's one of the wonderful things to come from this,” she said. Women interested in stepping into leadership roles now have another role model with Julia Gillard.

“It's inevitable we will have another female PM in the future.”

Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce president Toni Zuschke said Ms Gillard would have to unite the ALP as a team if she was to have any chance at success.

“As long as she can maintain that strength and cohesion of her group, then of course she is going to succeed. It's the same with everything,” Ms Zuschke said. “A team that works together is going to win, otherwise it's just an uphill battle.”

Cabarita business coach Kim Kranen said she hoped Ms Gillard would adopt a better understanding for business women.

“We haven't seen it in government before,” Ms Kranen said. “I'm hoping she looks at a more structured support system for small business people and families in business. There isn't a whole lot of support yet.”



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