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Gillard, Julia Eileen (1961 - )

The Honourable, AC, BA, LLB

Born
29 September 1961
Barry, Wales
Occupation
Lawyer, Parliamentarian, Prime Minister and Solicitor
Website
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=83L

Summary

On June 24, 2010, Julia Gillard became the first woman Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia and retained her position after the federal election, which was held on 21 August 2010. She led a minority Labor Government, supported by a member of the Greens party and three Independents. She lost the prime ministership on 27 June 2013, when Kevin Rudd challenged her for the position and won. She retired from parliament in August 2013.

Her career in parliamentary politics began when she was elected Member of the House of Representatives for Lalor (Victoria) in 1998 and re-elected in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. She became Deputy Leader of the Opposition (ALP) in December 2006. On the election of the Labor Government in November 2007, she assumed the position of Deputy Prime Minister and took on the portfolios of Employment and Workplace Relations, Education and Social Inclusion.

In 2017, Julia Gillard was made a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia 'for eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, through seminal contributions to economic and social development, particularly policy reform in the areas of education, disability care, workplace relations, health, foreign affairs and the environment, and as a role model to women.'

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Educated at Unley High School (SA) and the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne, Julia Gillard worked as a solicitor with Slater and Gordon from 1987 to 1990, when she became a partner with the firm. In 1996, Gillard became Chief-of-Staff to John Brumby (then Leader of the Victorian Opposition) and retained her position until her election to federal parliament in 1998.

Gillard has served as Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration (November 2001 to July 2003); Shadow Minister for Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs (February 2003 to July 2003); Shadow Minister for Health (July 2003 to December 2006); and Manager of Opposition Business (December 2003 to December 2006). She became Deputy Leader of the Opposition in December 2006. In 2010 she became Prime Minister of Australia.

Events

29 September 1961
Born: daughter of John Oliver and Moira Gillard
1980
Member, Adelaide University Union
1981
President, Adelaide University Union
1982
Vice-President, National Education Australian Union of Studies
1982 - 1983
Member, National Let's Develop Education Committee, Victorian Branch of the Australian Labor Party
1983
President, Australian Union of Students
1987 - 1990
Solictor, Slater & Gordon Solictors
1990 - 1996
Partner, Slater & Gordon Solictors
1993 - 1997
Member, Administrative Committee, Victorian Branch of the Australian Labor Party
1996 - 1998
Chief of Staff to Leader of the Opposition John Brumby
1998
Elected Member House of Representatives (MHR) for the Australian Labor Party (ALP) for the Victorian electorate of Lalor
2001 - 2003
Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration
2003
Shadow Minister for Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs
2003 - 2006
Shadow Minister for Health
2006 - 2007
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
2007 - 2010
Deputy Prime Minister
2010 -
Prime Minister of Australia

Sources used to compile this entry: From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra, Australian Women's Archives Project, February 2013, http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/ldkg; http://www.alp.org.au/people/people.html?seat=labor accessed 21/12/2001; and Who's Who in Australia 2002 Contact: Shop 2, 36 Synnot Street, Werribee Vic. 3030 Ph: 03 97425800 Fx: 03 97416213 Postal: PO Locked Bag 14, Werribee Vic. 3030. E-mail: julia.gillard.mp@aph.gov.au.

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Photo Montage Julia Gillard
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Date
24 June 2010

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