Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Delivering the Michael Kirby lecture in Melbourne on Wednesday, Gillard said she had been so concerned about the issue she had changed the topic of her speech. She said there was no logical reason for having a popular vote. Abbott on Wednesday told reporters he would be taking a proposal to cabinet in the next couple of weeks.
Julia Gillard changes mind to support same-sex marriage
Australian Prime Ministers
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has revealed she has changed her mind about same-sex marriage and now supports it. In a speech at the College of Law and Justice in Melbourne, Ms Gillard said she was aware many remembered she had previously voted 'No' to same-sex marriage — a decision she described as "idiosyncratic". I am keenly aware my position was idiosyncratic," she said. Ms Gillard said she had changed her view that heterosexual and same-sex couples should embrace civil unions. Ms Gillard launched a strident attack on Prime Minister Tony Abbott's plan for a plebiscite or referendum on same-sex marriage. She argued a popular vote on the issue was not needed and politicians should instead have a conscience vote after the next election. But if I did, I would vote yes.
Updated September 23, Former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard says she accepts it is a matter of time before same-sex marriage is legal in Australia. Ms Gillard has given a rare interview to Channel Nine ahead of the release of a memoir she has written about her time in the top job.
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Prime Minister of Australia. Julia Eileen Gillard AC born 29 September is an Australian politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Labor Party from to , the first and only woman to date to hold either role.