You may have heard (because we haven’t exactly been keeping it quiet) but we had a visit from former Prime Minister Julia Gillard this week.
Ms Gillard met all our staff, chatted with the interns, and hung around for some morning tea. But the main purpose of her visit was not to impress us with her chit-chat, but to talk politics, gender and life in general with our Editor In Chief, Jamila Rizvi.
Watch Julia and Jamila have a very real conversation about what that tumultuous time as the nation’s first female PM was like, and what happens next.
Jamila would like to declare that, yes, she worked for both the Rudd and Gillard governments in her Life Before Mamamia.
The interview is brilliant, but it’s long. If you don’t have 40 minutes to sit down and take it all in, we’ve got the best quotes below — and a handy guide to exactly what time they appear in the video. So watch it all, or skip forward to the bit you can’t wait to see.
As promised, here are some of the things Julia and Jamila spoke about… And exactly where you can find them.
Julia Gillard’s best quotes:
1. On Kevin Rudd.
“I knew that he could be flash-point very angry – I knew he could be very difficult with people – but I thought that was all about the process of getting there”
To hear Julia talk about Kevin Rudd, skip forward 4.24.
2. On the day she was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia.
“I didn’t have this masterplan to become Prime Minister – and then, it’s all happened and you get sworn in and face your first question time – so on that day I didn’t have in place any of the preparations that you would normally make.”