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Prime Minister of Australia


Julia GillardJulia Gillard

Date of Birth: 29 September 1961
Birth Place: Barry, United Kingdom
Political Party: Australian Labor Party
Arrival in Power: 24 June 2010
Religion: NA
Profession: Lawyer

Biography:


Julia Gillard was born in Barry, United Kingdom, in 1961. She studied at the University of Adelaide and at the University of Melbourne where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws. She became a lawyer in 1987 and by 1990 had become a partner at her law firm. She was elected to parliament for the first time in 1998 as a member of the Australian Labour Party. Following the 2001 election, she became the shadow minister for Population and Immigration, and in 2003 she became the shadow minister for health in 2003. She became deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party in 2006.


Following the Labor Party victory in the 2007 Australian Federal Elections, Julia Gillard became Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, with the Prime Minister being Kevin Rudd. She also became the Minister for Education, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and also the Minister for Social Inclusion. She became the Prime Minister of Australia on June 24th 2010, following Kevin Rudd's resignation as party leader due to a lack of support. She thus became Australia's first woman prime minister.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Gillard

Updated on: December 1, 2011

 

 

Former Prime Minister of Australia


Kevin RuddKevin Rudd

Date of Birth: 21 September 1957
Birth Place: Nambour, Australia
Political Party: Australian Labor Party
Arrival in Power: 3 December 2007
Religion: Anglican
Profession: Civil Servant, Politician

Biography:


Kevin Rudd was born in Nambour, Australia in 1957. He studied in Canberra his field of study was Chinese language and history. In 1981 he began his career as a civil servant and served in several posts relating to Chinese relations, he also held China related posts in the private sector. In 1998 he was elected to parliament for the first time. Following the 2001 election, he became the shadow minister for Foreign Affairs, after seeing several leaders of the Labor Party fail to get elected, he was elected party leader in 2006.


Kevin Rudd's leadership finally offered a real alternative to John Howard's government, in his own words, the Labor would now be "an alternative, not just an echo of the Howard government." In 2007 Rudd and the Labor Party won the elections, his first act as prime minister was to sign the Kyoto Protocol. He also apologized in the name of Australia, to the Indigenous population. He also pulled Australia's troops out of Iraq, and he promised more troops for Afghanistan.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Rudd

Updated on: December 1, 2011