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June 24th, 2010

Did the union heavyweights exert pressure on labour members to evict the then current prime minister?

Gillard now rules with no say from the people.

The elections are coming so what will happen then?

Australia has a new prime minister.  For the first time in the nation’s history it is a woman, but that’s one of the least most remarkable points from a tumultuous 12 hours in Canberra.

As Kevin Rudd finally falls on his sword, standing aside for Julia Gillard to take the Lodge unopposed in this morning’s shock party room meeting, Crikey will have the most extensive coverage in a bumper lunchtime edition:

Julia Eileen Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is a Welsh-born Australian politician who is currently the Prime Minister designate of the Commonwealth of Australia. Gillard is due to be sworn in as Australia’s 27th Prime Minister on 24 June 2010 after a leadership ballot confirmed she had the support of the Australian Labor Party to acsend to the party leadership and hence the Australian Prime Ministership. Before her election to leader of her party, Gillard was the Deputy Leader and the 13th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

On 11 December 2007[2] she became the first woman in Australia’s history to assume the prime ministerial role, when she acted as prime minister while Kevin Rudd attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali.[3] She is also the Minister for Education, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Social Inclusion.[4]

Gillard was elected unopposed as Leader of the Australian Labor Party at a special caucus meeting on 24 June 2010, making her the first female leader of the Australian Labor Party. Gillard will be the first woman in Australian history to become the Prime Minister.

Gillard has been an ALP member of the House of Representatives since the 1998 federal election. She represents the Division of Lalor in Victoria.

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