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Marina Neil There are calls for a boycott of radio station 2GB over remarks by broadcaster Alan Jones that the Prime Minister's father, John Gillard, had "died of shame". The talkback...
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PM Julia Gillard Cries Must See

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has broken down in parliament giving an emotional speech praising her father, who died earlier this month. In her first appearance since John Gillard, 83, died, the Prime Minister said she would not have entered parliament and won the top job if it was not for him. Ms Gillard struggled to fight back tears while quoting her father's John Gillard's favourite poet Dylan Thomas, who wrote "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" about his own father's death. "The last thing my father taught me, was in the life of a man, there is a moment to go gentle into that good night, and so it was," Ms Gillard said as her voice broke up. Some of Ms Gillard's fellow ministers were seen fighting back tears alongside her as she recalled her father's words. The Prime Minister said her father followed her political career with keen interest and felt some of the personal attacks against her more deeply than she did. "He felt more deeply than me, in many ways, some of the personal attacks, that we face in the business of politics, but I was always able to reassure him that he had raised a daughter with sufficient strength not to let that get her down." Ms Gillard said she and her family had been "overwhelmed by people's kindness" since her father's passing, noting that he had led a very full and happy life. She talked of his humble beginnings in Wales, where he grew up in a coal mining village "in a state of hardship". While he was forced to leave school at 14, Mr <b>...</b>
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