She walked into question time with her head held so high she was in danger of a neck sprain. Flanked by her homies – Wayne Swan, Craig Emerson, Greg Combet, Jenny Macklin and Tanya Plibersek, the Prime Minister dripped defiance.
Simon Crean was a no-show on the front bench, having been summarily sacked from his ministry for demanding that the Prime Minister call a leadership spill.
Nonetheless, that's exactly what she was going to do, she told the House. She was calling a ballot for the leadership and the deputy leadership of the parliamentary Labor party at 4.30 this afternoon.
Her humiliation was total at that point.
''In the meantime, take your best shot,'' she told Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and with a flip of her hand, sat down.
Abbott was measured in his questioning – smart enough to realise that an aggressive take-down of Australia's first female Prime Minister at her most vulnerable point would be a bad look.
Besides, the Labor party was already doing that work for him.
Did the Prime Minister agree, he asked, that the government was in deadlock and could not discharge its duties to the country?
Gillard did not agree, and thereby embarked on a discursive bender about Labor's ''transformative opportunity agenda'' and the ''benefits of dignity of work'' and other such Gillardisms.
Abbott only got through a couple of questions before he moved a motion to suspend standing orders so he could move a motion of no confidence in the government. The suspension vote was won, and so the no confidence motion was debated.
''It was once said there was a light on the hill working for the betterment of mankind . . . That once great political party is reduced to being a life support system for just one person, the current prime minister,'' he told the chamber.
''I say to the prime minister – for your party's good you should go. For our country's good you should go. You should go.''
The Prime Minister stood up and spoke against the motion. Despite ''all the negativity'' of the opposition, the government had ''gotten on with the job''.
''We will fight and fight the leader of the opposition and his campaign,'' she cried, leaning forward towards Abbott. But the immediate threat was at her back.
Such is the absurdity of politics, the entire Labor caucus crossed the floor to vote against the motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister, even the ones who patently don't have confidence in her – anywhere between a third to a half of the caucus.
Once question time wrapped up, government MPs left the chamber to prepare themselves to decide the Australian Prime Minister. Again.