Musician Clare Bowditch Interviews PM Julia Gillard
Sometimes in life, incredible things happen.
For me, one of these things was conducting a lengthy interview with PM Julia Gillard in a mahogany and hansard-filled office. But there you go.
The invitation came from Myspace Today a couple of weeks ago. Of course, you never think these things are actually going to happen, but after a change of time and city, there I found myself, in most impressive company.
I decided to take a risk early, but challenging her on the lack of inspiration we felt about this election, and in doing so I also asked her to take a risk, and speak from the heart. For the most part, she responded openly, with some surprising answers too.
We discussed everything from the Arts policy, “Where is Peter Garrett?”, our Environment and how we can change our thinking here, Independent Midwives “Why are they losing their jobs?”, what young people look for in a leader, where the major parties have let us down, and whether Labour have gravely underestimated community sentiment in re: to mental health. I quizzed her on same-sex marriage, and of what she would expect from Australia were she herself seeking emergency refuge. The list goes on. My only searing regret is that had no chance to discuss the lack of clear and worthy focus on Indigenous Australians in this election, and the reasons behind that. I will have more, I’m sure, but for today this is the one I most wish I had been able to question her on.
Naturally, I also had to introduce her to my lucky cricket ball, ‘fess up about my now infamous Julia Gillard Impersonation at Splendour in the Grass. I did also ask for some guidance on her “Karate Chop Hands“. The question of whether she will join my cover band with Leigh Sales (still in negotiations) will have to wait until after the election.
This will air Tuesday night via Myspace Today: register to catch the stream.
It will go down as one of the most memorable days of my life. I’m exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to do this. My Father would have been beyond proud.
I would gladly have also interviewed Tony Abbott, however I am told he was “unavailable”.