Those of you who have spent time with Australians know that we are not given to overstatement. By nature we are laconic speakers and by conviction we are realistic thinkers.
I know reform is never easy. But I know reform is right.
I actually felt sorry for Germaine [Greer] … I just thought, for her, who came into public consciousness for writing The Female Eunuch, for being the feminist of our times, to end up talking like that for cheap laughs about another woman was really a very sad thing.
The day after I finished being prime minister, starting to pack up my office, I took a call from Paul Keating who said, 'We all get taken out in a box, love. Sorry, sorry to hear about you. We all get taken out in a box, love.' Never a truer word was spoken.
One of my prized possessions is still the prefect’s tie that I got in this school. I keep it with me. It was the first leadership position I ever had.
He will always know as we know now that in the heat of battle he did not fail when mateship and duty called.
We see community organizations as major service providers and economic drivers rather than as recipients or distributors of charity, and coordinators of volunteers. Today they constitute what's referred to as 'the social economy'.
The best days for this country are ahead of it, not behind it.
The reaction to being the first female prime minister does not explain everything about my prime ministership, nor does it explain nothing about my prime ministership. I have been amused by colleagues in the newspapers who admitted I suffered more pressure as a result of my gender than other prime ministers in the past, but then concluded it had zero effect on my political position or the position of the Labor party. (My gender) doesn’t explain everything, it doesn’t explain nothing, it explains some things and it is for the nation to think in a sophisticated way about those shades of grey. What I know is it will be easier for the next woman, and the woman after that and the woman after that.
Thank you very much Deputy Speaker and I rise to oppose the motion moved by the Leader of the Opposition. And in so doing I say to the Leader of the Opposition I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever.
The Leader of the Opposition says that people who hold sexist views and who are misogynists are not appropriate for high office. Well I hope the Leader of the Opposition has got a piece of paper and he is writing out his resignation. Because if he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn't need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror. That's what he needs.
Let's go through the Opposition Leader's repulsive double standards, repulsive double standards when it comes to misogyny and sexism…