Cate Blanchett loves living in her homeland of Australia - despite her frustration that Prime Minister John Howard was recently re-elected.

Despite the Conservative leader's win (09OCT04), the AVIATOR actress believes good can be born out of political opposition as it forces people to become more aware of issues and forces them into action.

Blanchett says, "I do love it (Australia), but many people are very saddened by the recent re-election of PM John Howard - what it condones.

"But one has to be optimistic because good things can come out of a frustration with an administration. It politicises you."

17/12/2004 19:59