“I do understand the significance of the day in question for the Jewish community. But there would be many of my Melbourne Jewish friends who would also understand the significance of AFL grand final day.” - Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces 14 September, Yom Kippur, as date of Federal election, National Press Club, Canberra 30 January 2013.
I wonder if the Prime Minister really does. The conflation of Yom Kippur with a sport Grand Final does makes for a pithy sound byte, to be sure.
Though the comment garnered some titters from the Press Gallery, Prime Minister Gillard (or her adviser) has demonstrated an insensitivity towards the religious complexity of the Australian Jewish community.
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