Julia Gillard discusses failings of political strong men like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, coronavirus and her misogyny speech on Q+A

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Julia Gillard discusses failings of political strong men like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, coronavirus and her misogyny speech on Q+A

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Former prime minister Julia Gillard has hit out at "strongman" leaders across the globe for their response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "unless you're following the science", you are doing the wrong thing.

Some of the nations that are led by those types of men — Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, the USA's Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson — are among the countries that have fared the worst when it comes to handling the pandemic, with high case numbers and death rates.

The US and Brazil have the highest and second-highest case numbers globally as their curves continue to arch upward.

Those statistics led one Q+A audience member to ask Ms Gillard if populist leaders around the globe, including those named above, had been "exposed" for their shortfalls and if the future would look to the styles of politics "exhibited by female heads of state".

Click here to read the full article published by ABC on 13 July 2020.

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