vilmawardNetwork Ten‘s breakfast program Wake Up hasn’t succeeded in gaining much of an audience since it launched in November last year — but an interview on Wednesday’s program has caused a stir on social media.

The morning after Treasurer Joe Hockey handed out his “heavy lifting” federal budget, Prime Minister Tony Abbott was facing the music on Wake Up from feisty pensioner “Vilma”, who wasn’t having a bar of this budget.

Some keen twitterers had observed that “Vilma” wasn’t just an anonymous pensioner — but rather Vilma Ward, a well-known identity in Queensland and a long-standing campaigner on issues ranging from morality to consumerism — and politics.

First coming to prominence in the 1960s, she was a familiar face to Queensland television viewers on panel shows like Bailey And The Birds (a local Beauty And The Beast) and in the 1980s featured on the Seven Network‘s national Beauty And The Beast.

Vilma Ward, pictured right, in Bailey And The Birds


YouTube: Yogiew2, Wake Up
Source: TV Week, 5 April 1980


1 thought on “TV veteran gives Abbott a blast

  1. Oh Vilma! You feisty lady, you! Good on you! Bore it up Abbott for all of us! Of course, you know Abbott will not meet your challenge, Vilma, He’s too gutless to do that. But it’s great to see you take a shot at him like that. More power to you Vilma! And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who thinks so!

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