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'Austrian' PM Julia Gillard gets a hasty makeover at G20 summit

world Updated: Nov 12, 2010 09:20 IST

A doll representing Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been given a quick change of clothes after officials in the South Korean capital mistakenly garbed her in Austrian national gear.

The figurine of Gillard, dressed in a Sound of Music-style red and white puff-sleeved dress and pink apron, was part of a display of dolls representing leaders attending this week's Group of 20 summit in the city.

The display at the showpiece Cheonggye Plaza was organised by the city government.

"We changed the doll's outfit yesterday after a protest call from embassy officials," a spokesman said Friday. "It's now wearing a suit instead of traditional clothes.

"It was an unintentional mistake by the maker of the dolls."

Gillard took over as Australia's prime minister when Kevin Rudd was ousted in June, but is apparently having a few problems getting known on the world stage.

Visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mistakenly referred to "Prime Minister Rudd" during her visit to Australia this week.