By MAMAMIA TEAM
In her first television expansive interview since leaving the Prime Ministership in June this year, Julia Gillard will be sitting down for an hour-and-a-half interview with Anne Summers this evening.
Gillard will be talking about her time in office, her future, the legacy she has left behind – and we can’t wait to hear what she has to say. You can livestream the conversation on the ABC Big Ideas homepage and it will be screened live on ABC24.
JG on losing the Labor leadership:
Anne Summers starts the conversation with what everyone really wants to hear about: what it was like when Julia Gillard lost the Prime Ministership.
Gillard says that, “I’d known throughout the course of the day that I was in tremendous difficulty … We knew we were going to lose, it was a question of how much”
The former PM also joked that while she drank one glass of wine before going to visit the Governor General in June, “there was much more wine drunk” after that.
JG on the view that she stabbed Kevin Rudd in the back:
“My view of this is to ask your leader to have a leadership ballot – that’s legitimate. To do things continuously that undermine the Labor Party and the Labor government, then of course that shouldn’t be done by anyone.”
JG on the key difference between herself and Kevin Rudd:
“I think the key difference is every day I was Deputy PM I spent all of my time doing everything I could to have the Labor government prosper.”
JG on the offensive images and descriptions of her on social media:
Julia Gillard says she felt “more like murderous rage really”, in response to these cartoons. She continued, “Yes, I knew about them, but I also chose not to focus on them and I think that was probably the healthier option.”