Australian PM Julia Gillard’s missing shoe found, lost during Australia Day protest escape (Photo)

By on Jan 27, 2012 in Australia, International, Politics Comments

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard lost her shoe while being rescued by bodyguards during a protest on Thursday, January 26, 2012, known as Australia Day, but was found later, as shown in the photo below.

Pat Eatock, showing the lost shoe of
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Image Credit: Gary Ramage/The Daily Telegraph

According to The Daily Telegraph on Friday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s missing shoe was found by a protester and gave it to Pat Eatock, a 75-year old senior member of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

As noted in the report, Ms. Eatock was outside the restaurant at the lobby of the building, when the Australian Prime Minister is being rescued by bodyguards to keep her away from the angry demonstrators and lost her shoe.

Apparently, PM Gillard’s shoe was identified as a size 36 dark blue Midas Glorify, an Australian shoe brand, which the official website noted it to be worth $148, and was earlier being planned for auction at eBay.

Nevertheless, Paul Coe, a self-appointed spokesman for Aborigines, told reports that the shoe will be returned to PM Julia Gillard, provided that she will come over to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra to get it.

As reported earlier, Ms. Julia Gillard was trapped inside a building in Canberra, along with Opposition leader Tony Abbott while attending a function for emergency workers, with protesters outside began to bang windows of the said restaurant. Both leaders were unhurt and no one was arrested despite the incident.

That day, around 200 members of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy are celebrating their 40th year, but its founder, Michael Anderson, told reports that the group did not like Mr Abbott‘s comments earlier, saying that the embassy is “no longer relevant”.

“I think the indigenous people of Australia can be very proud of the respect in which they are held by every Australian. I think a lot has changed since then, and I think it probably is time to move on from that.” Tony Abbott was quoted on reports.

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