Tangent Talk: Julia

Tangent Talk Julia Hetzel Lecture Theatre State Library of South Australia

Not Now. Not Ever. The Legacy of Julia Gillard and her Misogyny Speech

Get the story behind the story with our Tangent Talk event at the State Library of South Australia. In 2012, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, gave a speech that sent shockwaves around the world. Just over a decade later, one of Australia’s most esteemed and globally-produced playwrights, Joanna Murray-Smith, brings the human story behind that speech to the stage in JULIA.

Before you see the show, join us for a drink and discussion about the themes of the show, in ‘Not Now. Not Ever. The Legacy of Julia Gillard and her Misogyny Speech’. We’re joined by an insightful panel, including, Program Director of Pathway to Politics at the University of Adelaide Dr Anna Olijnyk, Member for Newland Olivia Savvas MP and Minister for Human Services and Minister for Seniors and Ageing Well Hon Nat Cook MP. Hosted by The Guardian Senior Journalist Tory Shepherd, our panel will share their memories of how Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech impacted them.

Julia is presented as part of The University of Adelaide’s 150th Anniversary Program.

Date: Monday, 15 July 2024

Time: 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.

LocationHetzel Lecture Theatre
Institute Building, State Library of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide 5000

Tickets: $10 including a wine from SC Pannell

Please contact marketing@statetheatrecompany.com.au if you have any questions.

Meet the Panel


Tory Shepherd
Tory Shepherd is a senior journalist at Guardian Australia. She has appeared on various ABC radio and television shows and written for publications including Crikey, science magazine Cosmos and Gourmet Traveller. She was The Advertiser’s political editor, working in the Canberra press gallery during the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years and beyond. Tory is also the author of On Freedom, a book about women with empty fruit bowls.


Dr Anna Olijnyk
Dr Anna Olijnyk is a Senior Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. She teaches and researches in Australian Constitutional Law. She is Program Director of the Pathways to Politics for Women Program in South Australia.


Olivia Savvas MP
Olivia Savvas is the youngest Member of the South Australian Parliament, elected at only 25 in 2022. She represents the electorate of Newland in the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide, where she was previously a Local Government Councillor. Olivia was born into a village of intensely political women – all single mums who’d fought cycles of insecure housing, insecure work and domestic violence. Olivia was only in Year 11 at the time of the misogyny speech, first campaigning for the Labor Party in the months that followed.


Hon Nat Cook MP
Nat Cook is the South Australian Minister for Human Services and Minister for Seniors and Ageing Well. She has been an elected Member of Parliament since 2014. She was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Housing and Urban Development in the previous Labor government. Having spent nearly 30 years as a Registered Nurse in specialty areas such as intensive care and brain injury rehabilitation, Nat is honoured to hold the title of Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia. On becoming the Minister in 2022, Nat committed to a proactive and collaborative approach to delivering improved policy and services for marginalised South Australians. In 2024, Minister Nat Cook added the portfolio, Minister for Seniors and Ageing Well, where she will focus on improving the lives of senior South Australians and promoting the benefits of an age-diverse, accessible workplace and community.