How do PMs wind down?

by Stephanie Zillman25 Jan 2013

From time to time we all have a whinge about the pressure at work – but some have the weight of the whole country on their shoulders, literally. So how do politicians unwind?

Gillard told ABC radio that her hobby is closer to that of former PM Paul Keating, who collected antique French clocks, and said knitting is her means of escaping the stress of high office. Alongside the sledging matches of parliament, the late nights and the early morning starts, Gillard said she likes the repetitive nature of the handicraft.

“The thing that’s good about the knitting is it takes enough of your attention that your mind can't be racing a million miles an hour on everything else,” she told ABC. “It helps you transition from full-on work speed to ‘I need to go to bed now quite quickly’.”