PM takes tum­ble in her stride

Geelong Advertiser - - TAKE TWO - PHILLIP HUDSON

JU­LIA Gil­lard has taken a spec­tac­u­lar tum­ble dur­ing her visit to In­dia, land­ing face down af­ter the heel of her shoe be­came stuck in wet grass.

The Prime Min­is­ter laughed off the em­bar­rass­ing stum­ble, say­ing it was an oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ard for women that men might not un­der­stand.

Ms Gil­lard broke her fall with her hands, but ended up face down on the ground.

As In­dian min­ders rushed to her aid, she told them: ‘‘It’s OK, I’m all right.’’

Sur­rounded by TV cam­eras, Ms Gil­lard showed good hu­mour as she joked about the slip af­ter a visit to the Gandhi Memo­rial in New Delhi on the fi­nal day of her three- day state visit to In­dia.

‘‘My heel got stuck in grass,’’ she said.

‘‘ I’m fine. For men who get to wear flat shoes all day ev­ery day, if you wear a heel it can get em­bed­ded in soft grass and when you pull your foot out the shoe doesn’t come and the rest of it is as you saw.’’

Ms Gil­lard’s diplo­matic skills were more sure-footed as she held high- level talks with po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness lead­ers about Aus­tralia’s push to boost ties with the boom­ing In­dian econ­omy of 1.2 bil­lion peo­ple.

The PM an­nounced she wanted Aus­tralia to step- up mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion with In­dia, in­clud­ing full naval ex­er­cises.

She also el­e­vated In­dia to the top six coun­tries that ‘‘mat­ter most to Aus­tralia’’ — plac­ing it along­side the US, China, In­done­sia, Ja­pan and South Korea.

Bri­tain held a spe­cial place in Aus­tralia’s his­tory, but was not as im­por­tant in the mod­ern age, she said.

Ms Gil­lard has been warmly wel­comed in In­dia and been ex­tremely pop­u­lar, es­pe­cially with women who have seen the video of her ‘‘ misog­y­nist’’ spray at Tony Ab­bott in Par­lia­ment.

Photo: DAVID CAIRD

NO HARM: In­dian of­fi­cials aid the Prime Min­is­ter af­ter her fall.

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