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Julia Gillard’s fiery speech in parliament yesterday has made headlines around the world, with commentators from independent media sites declaring the performance a blistering success.   
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10 Oct 2012 - 10:43 AM  UPDATED 26 Aug 2013 - 10:48 AM

Julia Gillard's fiery speech in parliament yesterday has made headlines around the world, with commentators from independent media sites declaring the performance a blistering success.

The Australian Prime Minister gave a 15 minute rebuke to Tony Abbott after the opposition leader opened question time by seeking to have Peter Slipper removed as speaker over sexual harassment claims.

Ms Gillard hit back by claiming Mr Abbott had double standards when it came to sexism, saying he had now decided Mr Slipper was sexist because it suited his political purpose.

She opened her speech by declaring: "I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, I will not. Not now, not ever."

"If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia he doesn't need a motion in the house of Representatives, he needs a mirror," she said.

The speech was picked up by media around the world, with feminist website Jezebel calling it “the best thing you'll see all day.”

Viral news site Buzzfeed broke Gillard's speech into a series of animated GIFs, calling it “awesome”.

Several other news sites gave the speech a glowing review.

“Julia Gillard's superb attack on sexism was her best card,” claims the UK's Telegraph.

In probably the most bizzare mention of the PM's speech, Hollywood-centric movie website Movieline offers up five 'Oscar calibre' actors who could play Julia Gillard - referred to as Australia's sexism-fighting Iron Lady - in a biopic. (The site nominates redhead Tilda Swinton, Australian actors Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths and Cate Blanchett, and Jodie Foster.)

The Prime Minister also took aim at the opposition leader for his silence over comments Alan Jones made at a Young Liberals function, where he said Ms Gillard's father “died of shame”.

Tony Abbott's motion to remove Peter Slipper as Speaker was defeated, although Mr Slipper later offered his resignation over the ordeal.


How the Australian PM's speech was reported around the world:

“If only the U.S. could borrow Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to take on Congress's misogynist caucus,” Natasha Lennard of Salon.com says.

“Julia Gillard's superb attack on sexism was her best card,” claims the UK's Telegraph.

“How to destroy an opposition motion, Australian-style,” a headline on iPolitics Canada declares.

“Margaret Thatcher must be smiling,” the Daily Beast writes.

Viral news site Buzzfeed reports: “Julia Gillard spends 15 awesome minutes of Parliament accusing a lawmaker of sexism."