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Tim Millett
Published by Tim Millett
09 October 2013

In her departure from the leadership of the Australian Labor Party, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard spoke with emotion as she claimed that her government has made the country more fair, smarter and stronger.

Gillard said that, in part, her demise was the result of the public sexist reaction to a leader that is female.

When she spoke of her position as the first female prime minister, Julia Gillard was near tears. She confirmed her pledge to resign from politics if unsuccessful in keeping the party leadership, and said that she would not be part of the next election. Instead, she warned her pregnant niece to be ready for a ‘meddlesome great aunt’.

Gillard claimed that arriving at a deal on health reform was one of her most important achievements, particularly in the face of five conservative state and territory leaders.

While she also said that she respected the choice of her former supporters – the people who deserted her in the leadership ballot – she sent these people a message for the future.

“…don’t lack the guts, don’t lack the fortitude, don’t lack the resilience to go out there with our Labor agenda and to win this election. I know that it can be done.”


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