The 2 interviews that everyone's talking about.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott





One of the most common criticisms of politicians today that they lack authenticity. With the political arena now governed by the 7 second sound bite and the 140 character tweet – the complexity of an argument can be easily lost.

That didn’t happen this week because one press conference and one interview have got everyone talking.

Yesterday Prime Minister Julia Gillard took to the ‘Blue Room’ at Parliament House today to deliver a press conference of epic proportions. She spoke for about and hour and a quarter (to put that in perspective, the average politician’s press conference is around 20 minutes).

Prime Minister Gillard took questions from the press gallery on issues from asylum seekers, to sexism in the media, to  her former boyfriend’s alleged misconduct 17 years ago. She spoke almost entirely without notes and was cool, calm and determined.

Take a look:

If you weren’t watching the ABC’s 7.30 on Wednesday night then you need to re-cap. And fast. Because presenter Leigh Sales’ interview with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was something to behold.

It was an unusual interview to say the least. Sales, who is a phenomenally competent journalist was in spectacular form. She came out strongly from the start, armed with facts and figures and across the detail in a way that took the Opposition Leader completely by surprise. Which in itself was surprising.

Again, we got to see the Opposition Leader responding to questions in a longer form interview that we’re used to.

You can watch the interview on the ABC’s website here.

Editor’s note: Tony Abbott has since clarified in a press conference that he had read the BHP documents.

Were you watching 7.30 last night? What did you think of the interview? What did you think of the Prime Minister’s press conference today?