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Julia Gillard

Quick Facts

  • Name: Julia Gillard
  • Born: 29 September 1961, Barry, Wales
  • Sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010
  • Australia's first female Prime Minister and first female Deputy Prime Minister
  • First elected to Parliament in 1998 in the seat of Lalor
  • After the 2007 Federal Election was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion
  • Migrated to Australia with her family in 1966 and grew up in Adelaide.

Biography

Julia Gillard studied Arts and Law at university and became a lawyer after graduating. In 1983 she was elected national Education Vice-President of the Australian Union of Students (AUS) and became president later that year.

Her political career began in 1998, when she first contested and won the federal seat of Lalor. Between 2001 and 2006 Gillard held a number of Shadow Ministerial positions, including Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration; Shadow Minister for Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs; Shadow Minister for Health; Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Social Inclusion. Ms Gillard was elected Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party on 4 December 2006.

Following the Australian Labor Party's victory at the 2007 Federal Election, Gillard was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion.

Julia Gillard became Prime Minister on 24 June 2010. The Gillard Labor government was able to form a minority government after the 2010 federal election, which saw the first hung parliament since the 1940 federal election.

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Books

  • Kent, Jacqueline 2009, The making of Julia Gillard, Penguin Books Australia

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