- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Joyce Watson AM was “delighted” to meet former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard at the Senedd last week.
The Welsh-born former PM spoke about her career at an event at the National Assembly for Wales on Thursday (2 July).
Mrs Watson is Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Wales, which promotes close ties between Commonwealth parliaments. The Mid and West AM said:
“I was delighted to talk with Julia Gillard about her political journey to becoming her country’s first female prime minister. Assembly Members were enthralled to hear about the challenges, battles and opportunities she faced.”
The evening was organised by the Assembly’s Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, as part of her Women in Public Life campaign.
Julia Gillard, who was born in Barry, was Australian prime minister for three years until 2013. In 2012 she famously told her political opponent, Tony Abbot, the current PM, that if he wanted to know what misogyny looked like he should pick up a mirror.
Mrs Gillard has been in the UK this past month to promote a book she has written about her experiences.