Julia Gillard announces live shows to commemorate landmark misogyny speech

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Julia Gillard announces live shows to commemorate landmark misogyny speech

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Julia Gillard at Mt Lofty House.

Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has announced live shows in Sydney and Melbourne to mark the 10th anniversary of her famous anti-misogyny speech.

Marking a decade since delivering a ground-breaking speech against the misogyny within Australian politics that drew global attention, NOT NOW, NOT EVER will see Australia’s first-and-only female prime minister Julia Gillard take to the stage to reflect on the words that garnered global recognition.

Over two very curated evenings, at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on October 4 and Sydney’s Aware Super Theatre on October 5, NOT NOW, NOT EVER will address the contemporary discussion around sexism and misogyny in modern Australia, which Gillard’s impassioned address from the country’s highest office helped ignite.

NOT NOW, NOT EVER: Live on stage with Julia Gillard

  • Melbourne: Tuesday 4 October 2022, 7.30pm – Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Sydney: Wednesday 5 October 2022, 7.30pm – Aware Super Theatre, ICC Sydney

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The evenings will be hosted by broadcaster and author Indira Naidoo, alongside a line-up of guests offering their personal perspectives of this powerful moment in Australian history. NOT NOW, NOT EVER will explore how far we still need to go to reach equality.

“A decade has passed since I first declared ‘not now, not ever’ in Parliament House, but our collective call for equity remains just as vital,” she said. “I am incredibly proud to be part of these special evenings that will celebrate passion and progress, reflect on how far we’ve come in the last ten years, but most importantly look forward to explore what comes next in the fight for equality.”


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Naidoo jumped at the invitation to guide these evenings of important conversations with Gillard, saying: “As a broadcaster, it’s not often you get an opportunity to go back in time and assess a critical moment in history with the central figure involved. NOT NOW, NOT EVER will, I’m sure, spark further soul-searching about where we are ten years on and how each of us can continue working towards equity for all.”

Proceeds from the evenings will go towards supporting the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, founded by Ms Gillard, which aims to help create a world in which being a woman is not a barrier to becoming a leader in any field.

Tickets are available via Ticketek, with pre-sales commencing on Monday 18 July and all tickets on sale from Monday 25 July. Tickets are available via Ticketek and Arts Centre Melbourne.