Julia Gillard was the leader of the Australian labor party and Prime Minister of Australia between 2010 and 26 June 2013. She was the first women to hold either post. In November 2012 the opposition leader Tony Abott put forward a motion to remove the speaker of the house after an incident involving him sending improper sexually charged text messages to an employee.
Mr Abott’s reputation was however far from clean when it came to sexism and misogyny. In an emotional response the Prime Minister uses her own experiences to answer the opposition leader. She remains professional and in control of her emotions thus putting the opposition leader firmly in his place. A difficult balancing act especially when the attack becomes or has been personal. This speech is a great example of how strong emotions can strengthen the ratio of a speech as long as you maintain in control.