John and Moira Gillard with their daughters, Julia and Alison [photo via]
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At the summit, Ms Gillard issued a short statement,
My father, John Gillard, passed away this morning in Adelaide. He has battled illness in recent years but his death is a shock for me and my family. Dad lived a long and full life...He taught me to be passionate about fairness. He taught me to believe in Labor and in trade unionism. But above all, he taught me to love learning and to understand its power to change lives. He always regretted his family background meant he had not proceeded on to higher education as a young man. He was determined that I had the opportunities he was denied. I will miss him for the rest of my life''.
PM Julia Gillard embracing her father John after launching the Australian Labor Party campaign at the Convention Centre in Brisbane in 2010. [photo via]
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