Author(s): Mary Delahunty
Our first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard came to power suddenly in a coup that perplexed the nation. She hurried to an election and was chained to a hung parliament. She out-negotiated Tony Abbott and formed a minority government, but the deepest threat was from within: the man she beat for the top job would relentlessly undermine her for three torturous years. In this exclusive insider account, award-winning journalist Mary Delahunty teases out the personal from the political as she asks why we never got to know this Prime Minister. She reveals for the first time Gillard's reflections on why she struggled at the top, as well as the thoughts of other key players in this brutal saga. Delahunty had unparallelled access to the PM throughout her final year, and was the only journalist to speak to Gillard on that fatal June day. Gravity takes readers inside Gillard's private office to detail the drama - exposing the cost of defeat, and capturing just how fast power drains away.
Mary Delahunty is a Gold Walkley Award winning journalist and presenter with ABC TV and commercial networks. She served for 7 years as a Victorian state government minister in senior portfolios and has seen the tensions from both sides. She is currently working as a consultant in Australian government, media and the non-for profit sector where she heads numerous boards. She is the author of Public Life Private Grief (Hardie Grant), her own memoir about political life and loss. Mary has written about Julia Gillard for numerous publications and has also contributed a long form essay "Liars, Witches and Trolls" for The Griffith Review 40.