By MAMAMIA TEAM
Julia Gillard appeared this evening on live television for her first Australian interview since leaving the Prime Ministership. In a heartfelt, honest and warm conversation with Anne Summers, Gillard talked about her time in public office and what the future has in store for her.
Gillard is an eloquent speaker. Often humourous and bubbly. Always witty and wise.
Here are 11 of the most cracking quotes from the evening.
1. On how she chose to conduct herself immediately after losing the Prime Ministership:
Gillard thought it best to “give a gift of silence to the Labor party throughout the course of the campaign; to do absolutely nothing”.
2. On the key difference between herself and Kevin Rudd:
“I think the key difference is every day I was deputy prime minister I spent all of my time doing everything I could to have the Labor government prosper.”
3. On seeing sexist and offensive cartoons and statements about herself on social media:
She felt not sadness or hurt but, “more like murderous rage really”.
“For my personal liberty, it’s probably a good thing that I didn’t focus on them… At the end of the day, yes, it happened to me, but it’s not, you know, about me. It’s about all of us, about women and about the kind of society we want to be for all of us.”