A tear for Julia!

On Wednesday I walked the corridors of Parliament House. Just a casual tourist having a quick look around our National Capital. I walked (a little too briskly probably!) past the large portraits of our former Prime Ministers, desperately wanting to see a portrait of our only female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Of course disappointment was in store, no portrait yet! Well, okay I guess it’s early days and all of that! But one hopes they (whoever they are!) gets a wriggle on and hangs that portrait on the wall where it so deservedly belongs, sooner rather than later!

As a woman, I need to know that Julia will be honoured alongside the men. I need to know that when international visitors look at her portrait, they will comment on how she was the first female Prime Minister of Australia. And, I need to know that younger women can walk past her and recognise a little bit of themselves in her bravery and success.

Julia Eileen Gillard. Member of the Australian Labor Party. Twenty-seventh Prime Minister of Australia. A woman!

Yep, enough to bring a tear to my eye just thinking about it! Even without the portrait!

About Heathermargaret

Counsellor, writer, mother of adult sons and wife. The order of above changes regularly depending on lifes' pressing issues.
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2 Responses to A tear for Julia!

  1. deivamarina says:

    A nice reminder of a brave leader. And I’m wondering about the bust in the Botanical Gardens here in Ballarat. When will it arrive?


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