OMG!Has it occurred to anybody in the Royalist Camp that Julia Gillard - love her or hate her - is the elected Head of Government of a sovereign Nation? As such, she and the Queen meet as equals, quite like Chairman and CEO of a public company.Gillard did not consider curtseying when greeting the Queen
It's OK for the GG to curtsey: She is the Queen's local deputy and as such her subordinate. (Which, IMHO, is one more reason why we should be allowed to elect our own representative/ ceremonial figurehead.)
OK, so every "new" Australian affirmed allegiance to the Queen and "her hairs" as I heard it pronounced at ceremonies I attended. But to most of our citizens of non-British extraction, that hardly meant more than accepting the fact that she is Australia's representative figurehead. Let's get used to life in a free Democracy of the 21st century and learn the difference between respect for someone's achievements and servile subordinance.