Ms Gillard was targeting Mr Abbott, who was then the leader of the opposition, for holding “sexist views” that were not appropriate for high office.
“...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.
And while her speech was worth listening to in its entirety, there were key phrases that have stayed in people’s mind, such as the ardently uttered “Not now, not ever.”
Composer Rob Davidson thought that it deserves to be immortalised through song. With the help of the Australian Voices choir and using repetition and harmony, he was able to compose music based around Ms Gillard’s speech.
The result is a beguiling musical titled “Not Now, Not Ever!”
“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man,” Ms Gillard said in her speech, pointing to the smirking Abbott. That is also the line that starts the song.
“When I heard Julia Gillard’s parliamentary speech addressing misogyny, it struck me that behind the politics there was a lot of personal feeling being communicated,” Mr Davidson said.
“I wanted to put a frame around this slice of time, to heighten my perception of what was being said behind the words, in the intonation of the voice, and in the dynamics of what was being said in interjections and reactions.
“The resulting choral piece, in which the singers echo and support the Prime Minister’s [Gillard] speech melodies, is initially quite humorous, as we are confronted with the melody that perhaps was not evident to us before. As the music goes on, it passes into something more serious, and (it is hoped) we hear the Prime Minister as a woman experiencing very real emotions.”
As expected, the video, uploaded on YouTube on Sunday, has invited more comments about politics online than about the musical itself.