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"Over the Christmas period, I spent time with both Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, and you listen to stories and tales of how hard it can be when it's really hard, and I think we easily all talk ourselves into the proposition that it's never been as hard as this. Well it's been hard in the past. It's been really hard. So you keep doing it and, the more you do it, the more you gain strength and confidence that you can do it."

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"So in many ways for me, having lived through what I've lived through, and endured what I've endured, I've got more confidence that I can do the next bit - and there's something sustaining about that."

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"At the end of the day government is about teamwork and partnership and we will be proving that by working together. "

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"All my life I've believed that men and women have equal capacities and talents - consequently there should be equality in life's chances. "

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"Try harder every day to be better than the day before. "

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"The concept of social inclusion in essence means replacing a welfarist approach to helping the underprivileged with one of investing in them and their communities to bring them into the mainstream market economy. It's a modern and fresh approach that views everyone as a potential wealth creator and invests in their human capital. My reason for adopting such an approach is simple: at a time when Australia needs more skilled people and has an ageing population, we simply can't afford to have one in ten or more of our people out of the workforce due to unemployment, low skills or the effects of chronic poverty. Social inclusion is an economic imperative. "

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"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..."

JULIA, GILLARD - Misogyny Speech 10 October 2012

"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. "

JULIA, GILLARD - on losing the leadership

"The best days for this country are ahead of it, not behind it. "

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"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'. "

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"He will always know as we know now that in the heat of battle he did not fail when mateship and duty called."

JULIA, GILLARD - of Corporal Roberts-Smith VC

"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. "

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"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."

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"I know reform is never easy. But I know reform is right."

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"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."

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"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."

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