Originally Posted by STUNTgirls (Used with Permission)
It has been an amazing morning. The news broke via text message from the caucus meeting at Parliament House – a sitting MP sent a message to Samantha Maiden, journalist with the Australian. The message simply said “G no ballot” meaning that Julia Gillard became PM without a vote – Kevin Rudd had stood down.
This message was twittered so fast that it reached journalists almost immediately. Some were checking their phones outside Parliament House during the coverage and relayed the news back to the stunned nation. We now have a new Prime Minister.
So what happened? How did we go from having Kevin Rudd as PM one day, and Julia Gillard as PM the next? Well, there are factions within the party divided along ideological lines. The factions that once supported Rudd removed their support and gave it to Gillard, allowing her to challenge the leadership assured that she would have the numbers when it came to a caucus vote.
Basically – the Labor Party thought she’d do a better job and asked her to go for it. So she did.
Ms Julia Gillard – 27th Prime Minister of Australia
- Born in Wales in 1961
- First female to ever become Deputy Prime Minister
- First foreign born minister to ever become Deputy Prime Minister
- Before being a minister, she worked as a lawyer (industrial law)
- Member of the ALP for over 30 years
- Formally chief of staff to Victoria Premier John Brumby’s chief of staff
- In 1998, she ran for the seat of Lalor (north west suburbs of Melbourne) in Victoria and won
- She has been both the Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration and the Shadow Minister for Health
- In 2006, She became the Deputy Leader of the Opposition alongside Rudd in the leadership challenge against Kim Beazley
- When she became the Deputy Prime Minister and frontbencher, her portfolios were Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion.
- She lives with her partner and has no children
She’s a little early and very small but in good health – meet Jess, staff (and family) member Donna’s new baby daughter! Soon(ish) to be crawling all over the office at Australian Native T-Shirts – welcome to the family baby Jess! We’re very happy to report that both the baby and the mother are in good health – congratulations Donna and first-time Dad Craig!