By MAMAMIA NEWS
Earlier this week, Mia Freedman and the team drove over to Kirribilli House in Sydney, and sat down for a chat with the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Throughout the course of the in-depth half-hour interview Mia asked the PM about paid parental leave, asylum seeker policy, and marriage equality – as well as his relationship with the former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.
This is how it went down.
Note from Mia: OK, let’s get a couple of things out of the way. I am not a political journalist. I am not Leigh Sales. Or Lisa Wilkinson. They interview politicians like nobody’s business.We’re all in agreement on that. I worship them both. But I’m not them.
So I am aware that there will be many who will watch this interview and complain. Complain that I didn’t ask hard enough questions. That I asked the wrong questions. That I should have asked about [insert issue here] and why on earth did I ask about his hair, how dumb is that and what a disgrace and I really expected better of this website and why are you giving women a bad name and UNFOLLOW.
I get it because in part, I agree. There are many questions I wish I’d asked. But I didn’t – not because I was scared or superficial or trying to suck up but because I only had a limited amount of time. We were told we’d have 15 minutes and I was doing everything I could to draw out the PM in the time we had, rather than the usual quick and often perfunctory Q&A you get on live TV.