Your reactions: Julia Gillard and Anne Summers in Melbourne

Your reactions: Julia Gillard and Anne Summers in Melbourne

In a pair of widely heralded (and instantly sold out) public talks, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard spoke to journalist, feminist and author Anne Summers about her time in power; the challenges, struggles with the media and the then-Opposition, and her own sometimes controversial positions on issues including misogyny, gay marriage and the price on carbon.

The events were broadcast live by ABC News 24 and Sky News from Sydney and Melbourne respectively. We weren’t able to bring you that video, but instead we asked attendees what brought them to hear Gillard in Melbourne, what they learned and in which ways their minds were changed.


Portrait of Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. She is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. 

Her memoirs, My Story, were published by Random House in September 2014.

Portrait of Anne Summers

Anne Summers

Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States. She is author of nine books, including the classic Damned Whores and God's Police, Ducks on the Pond, The Lost Mother, and The Misogyny Factor.

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