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Thu 8 Jul, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

You know the problem is I would go and I would feel comparatively under-dressed

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has politely turned down an invitation to attend a drag show in her honour.

Ms Gillard was extended an invite to a gay and lesbian nightclub in Darwin for a personal viewing of its Julia Gillard tribute show, complete with drag queens impersonating her.

It is understood the show is called The Primed Minister.

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"Well, I'm sure that is a form of flattery, I'd like to see some of the photographs," Ms Gillard told ABC Radio.

The nightclub, Throb, had extended an invite to the prime minister for a personal show while in Darwin.

"You know the problem is I would go and I would feel comparatively under-dressed," she said.

Ms Gillard does not support gay marriage and despite the flattery of Darwin's gay and lesbian community she has not had a sudden change of heart.

"My definition of marriage is the same definition of the marriage act that we have now, which is that marriage is between a man and a woman," she said.

"Obviously we live in an age where there are all sorts of committed relationships which are not marriages.

"I'm in a committed relationship of that nature myself with my partner, Tim."

Relationship choices all boiled down to personal choice, which should be respected, Ms Gillard said.

"I don't believe as prime minister it's my job to preach," she said.

Source: AAP


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