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Julia Gillard Just Changed Her Mind On Marriage And No One Is Impressed

The former PM announced her support for the reform on Twitter.

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This is former prime minister Julia Gillard. She led the country for three years from 2010 to 2013, and has been consistently opposed to marriage equality.

That is, until today. Now retired from political life, Gillard tweeted out a speech on Wednesday evening, explaining why she now supports the reform.

At Vic Uni to honour Michael Kirby. My speech on reform and why Parliament must vote "Yes' for marriage equality. https://t.co/VrM8dDg8MV JG

In the speech, Gillard says the she has "re-examined" some of her assumptions about the marriage debate.

"In my time post politics as key countries have moved to embrace same sex marriage, I have identified that my preferred reform direction was most assuredly not winning hearts and minds," the speech reads.

Gillard said she assumed the Liberal party would allow a conscience vote and the reform would pass, which would have caused her "no heart burn". However, the movement of debate to a plebiscite or referendum – which Gillard disagrees with – caused her to reconsider.

"I also think it is important that the matter is now resolved through a conscience vote by the parliament as promptly as possible after the next election so that no more potential twists and turns can loom up. Of course... I would not have a vote in that debate. But if I did, I would vote yes."

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Many advocates are critical of Gillard for not supporting marriage equality while she was prime minister, given she is from the left-wing faction of the ALP.

Often accused of not supporting the reform for political reasons, rather than on her conscience, Gillard said after leaving parliament that she opposed marriage equality because, as a feminist, she thought the institution of marriage itself was outdated.

She's changed her mind now... but people are really, really unimpressed.

There must be a club now for former politicians supporting same-sex marriage now they have no power to do anything about it.

Too little, too late https://t.co/27N84fvsbH

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Julia Come Lately. Party's over but former PM rocks up with flat champagne https://t.co/gNa4cvqeT5

pictured: Gillard pointing to the relevancy of her new opinion

@JuliaGillard Funny how little you did when you had the opportunity. #useless #auspol

@JuliaGillard bit bloody late Julia

Hi I'm Julia Gillard you might remember me from such deep held political views as marriage is between a man and a woman

My cognitive dissonance re: Julia Gillard could only be exceeded by her own

Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Lane Sainty at lane.sainty@buzzfeed.com.

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