TRANSCRIPT OF JULIA GILLARD’S LETTER
I am sending you this letter in the very final moments of my last evening as Prime Minister. I do so with enormous pride.
Joanne, you are a truly remarkable person.
Thanks in very large measure to your persistence and courage, the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry and the federal Royal Commission will bring truth and healing to the victims of horrendous abuse and betrayal.
Please know that in your remarkable struggle to tell the story about this shameful chapter in our nation’s history, you are not alone. Thousands of Australians share your passion for justice – I’m one of them.
So thank you for your humbling and inspiring letter – your integrity shines through in every sentence.
As I leave office, many piles of correspondence and briefings will go back to the Department for filing, but your letter will stay with me always.
With admiration and best wishes,
‘If a tree falls in the forest and no one’s there to listen, does it make a sound?’