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About Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard is Australia's first women Prime Minister. She came to power after Kevin Rudd stepped down in tears as the ruling Labour Party's leader at the ballot meeting. She earlier held the post of acting Prime Minister.

Personal Biography

In spite of being an atheist, she respects the church and other religious groups.

In a candid interview with a womens magazine, Gillard said that she doesnt want people to see her life choices as a model to follow.

Dressing

Her fashion sense has sparked off a heated debate among the nations most stylish.

Other Personal Information


Professional Biography

As a Labor Party member

In July/August 2010, Gillard said her campaign had been too stage-managed and voters had only caught a glimpse of her real self. This triggered Tony Abbott to say that Gillard is controlled by Labor party machine. She vowed to take personal charge of the elections and show 'the real Julia'.

As Australian Prime Minister

The news of Gillard taking over from Rudd as the Prime Minister of Australia shocked US President Barack Obama to such an extent that he called the latter first before congratulating Gillard for her success.

Going for Polls

In mid-July 2010, Gillard is reported to be most likely to visit Governor General Quentin Bryce to set an August 28, 2010 election date. The next day, she announced Australians will go to the polls on August 21, and asked the people to give her a mandate to move the nation forward.

A Galaxy poll conducted after Gillard announced August 21 as the election date has showed that Gillard has an election winning lead with two party preferred supports of 53 per cent, compared to the opposition Liberal-National coalitions 48 per cent. An Author and former Labor speechwriter, Don Watson, said that Gillard's constant use of the phrase moving forward during an election launch speech on July 18, 2010 is treating voters like imbeciles.

The Australian Premier has indicated that Gillard may walk down the aisle if re-elected.

The subject of Australian immigration has been a hot topic during the run up to the Australian election, with both candidates showing a resolve to protect the Australian way of life by monitoring immigration if elected.

Gillard confessed that she thinks her partner Tim Mathieson is sexy but refused to divulge details on how he encouraged her to win the election when they were in bed.

Formation of Government - August / September 2010

Nielsen poll has revealed that a majority 48 percent of Australians have said that the country should retain the monarchy for now while 44 percent want a republic form of government. A JWS poll has shown that a majority, 37 percent of Australian voters want the three Independent MPs who will decide the shape of the minority government, Bob Katter, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, to support a Labor government led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard rather than joining the opposition coalition. However, few days later, in the midst of uncertainty as to who would form the minority government in Australia, with the three key Independent MPs are yet to take a decision, a majority of the citizens are now fed up with the posturing and dithering of the trio and are in favour of fresh polls, according to a national poll conducted to assess the future of the government. By September 2010, it became apparent that two NSW Independent MPs, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, have backed Gillard's Labor party to form the government, thereby giving her party a one-seat majority, two weeks after elections produced the first hung parliament in 70 years.

Visit to India

Julia Gillard went on a three-day visit to India in October 2012. During her trip, Gillard stressed the importance of boosting military ties between the two countries. "We have shared strategic interests, we share a region of the world, we share an ocean," she said.

Gillard said that India now ranks as one of the countries that matters most to Australia alongside Untied States, China, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.

Key decisions

She raised the flood-ravaged Pakistan aid by $24 million to bring its total commitment to $35 million.

Australian Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott, who heads the conservative opposition coalition, has criticised Gillard over her decision to allow three Independents full access to confidential Treasury advice.

In September 2010, Australia's Deputy Opposition Leader, Julie Bishop, has said that Gillard's decision to appoint Kevin Rudd as foreign minister could put the country's relations with the outside world at risk. Rudd was earlier considered for the job of United Nations Climate change advicer.

Julia Gillard in News

Australians Feeling Confident as They Head Into Federal Election... and They're Not the Only Ones
Just days away from the Australian federal election, 73 per cent of Australians report they have not changed their party vote since the last election was held in 2010, according to a nationwide survey conducted last week by Research Now, the global leader in digital data collection.

August Issue of the International Resource Journal Now Online
George Media Inc. is pleased to announce the August issue of The International Resource Journal is now available at http://ow.ly/nt0gH

MultiTouch Creates the World's Largest Fully Interactive, Unlimited Touch Display Installation for Life-Like Digital Learning Experience
MultiTouch Ltd., world leader in multi-touch systems, today announced the world's largest fully interactive, unlimited multi-touch installation with the biggest continuous array of touch displays at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia

President Obama returns calls to world leaders after re-election
Obama returns calls to world leaders who congratulated him on re-election

Abbott's personal approval rating takes a hit
Gillard inches ahead of Tony Abbott in new opinion poll

G20 summit in Brisbane in 2014 likely to be filled with protests and traffic woes
Event raises the need for a second International airport for Sydney; Poses challenges as Queensland draws its biggest security plan to ensure a smooth event

South Korean scientific whaling plan draws protest from round the world
Australia decides to start diplomatic protest; New Zealand strongly condemns whaling idea

Chinese media praises Gillard for refusing to meet Dalai Lama
Chinese state-controlled media has praised Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard for refusing to met Tibetian spiritual leader Dalai Lama, according to a report.

Assange says he sought Ecuador asylum after being 'abandoned' by Australia
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that he has sought refuge in Ecuador's London embassy because his own country, Australia, had abandoned him.

Oz Senate urges Gillard to provide Assange 'highest possible level of consular support'
The Australian Senate has urged Prime Minister Julia Gillard to make sure that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is provided with the highest possible level of consular support.

Oz cartoonist banned from Facebook for nude Julia Gillard drawing
A cartoonist in Australia has been banned from social networking site Facebook, over a lewd drawing of the country's Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Zardari ranked lowest in Gallup survey
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has been placed at the lowest rank in a Washington-based Gallup poll, renowned for predicting U.S. election results and conducting the U.S. presidents' approval ratings.

Kiwi PM joins Obama in supporting gay marriage
The prime minister of New Zealand John Key has joined US President Barack Obama in supporting same-sex marriage.

Oz opposition leader Abbott to push for more overseas skilled workers
Australian Leader of Opposition party in Australia, Tony Abbott will use a speech in Melbourne on Friday to push for attracting more overseas skilled workers.

Australian Speaker issues proof against criminal allegations
Australian Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper said Thursday he has proof that the criminal allegations against him are false.

Taliban still controls major part of territory manned by Oz troops
The Taliban still controls nearly half of Afghanistan's 34 provinces where some Australian troops are present, and remains an 'ever present threat' for these forces, a government report has claimed.

Fury at Gillard's decision to snub London Olympic, fund-raising event invitations
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has disappointed the country's Olympic chief and athletes by turning down invitations to the London Olympics and the team's key fund-raising event.

Oz energy firm sacks CEO for racist, sexist remarks
One of Australia's largest energy broking firms has been forced to sack co-founder and CEO Ben Polis after he posted racist and sexist comments on his personal Facebook page against Aborigines, Asians and women, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

US Marines arrives for training in Australia
The first batch of US Marines have landed in Darwin and will be undertaking training for the next six months.

Oz govt again slams WikiLeaks as 'reckless, dangerous' over disclosures of secret info
The Julia Gillard Government in Australia has renewed its attacks on WikiLeaks, slamming the whistle blowing website for its 'reckless, and dangerous' disclosures of secret information.

Gillard faces national poll wipe-out: Poll
The latest poll has found the Julia Gillard government can be wiped off, with its primary vote falling to 28 percent, which is just one point short of the depth Labor plunged in Queensland.

U.S., Oz to broaden military ties amid Pentagon's focus on South East Asia
The United States and Australia are planning to augment military ties, including possible drone attacks from a coral atoll in the Indian Ocean and increased U.S. naval access to Australian ports.

Sacha Baron Cohen advises Julia Gillard to get sex change
Controversial comedian Sacha Baron Cohen recently offered leadership tips to Australian politicians in a bid to promote his upcoming flick 'The Dictator'.

Australia should not wait for UK Queen to die to become a great country: Ex-PM
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has said that Australia can never be a great country while a foreigner is head of state and the flag of another nation resides on the Australian flag.

Pakistan wants equality over Oz uranium sale after India ban lifted
Pakistan has reportedly expressed its desire to be allowed access to uranium from Australia, after a long-standing ban on exporting the substance to India was overturned.

'Humiliated' Kevin Rudd planning to challenge Oz PM Gillard
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is preparing to challenge current Prime Minister Julia Gillard within few months.

Australia's ruling Labor Party endorses plans to clear uranium sales to India(Update)
Australia's ruling Labor Party met in Sydney on Sunday and endorsed plans to open up uranium sales to India, clearing the way for talks on a bilateral nuclear agreement and resolving an issue that has caused diplomatic tensions between the two nations.

Australia's ruling Labor party lifts ban on uranium sales to India
Australia's ruling Labor Party has voted to lift a ban on uranium sales to India.

Oz ruling party minister Peter Garrett to oppose uranium sales to India
Australian Labour Party member Peter Garrett has said that he would not support Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to lift the ban on uranium sales to India.

Oz radio presenters call Gillard 'whore' and boyfriend 'gay' on Twitter
Australian PM Julia Gillard and her partner Tim Mathieson were attacked by the country's radio station Triple J presenters on Twitter calling her a "whore", and Mathieson her "gay boyfriend".

Oz PM Gillard to earn more than US Prez Obama, Brit counterpart Cameron
Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard' s salary will increase by 90,000 dollars to 470,000 dollars, making her higher- paid leader than US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Pakistan must boost anti-terror fight: Gillard
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has sent a stern warning to Pakistan, saying that it must do more to counter terrorism and extremism.

Oz uranium industry hails lifting of India ban as 'sign of maturity'
Australia's ruling Labor Party's decision to vote in favour of lifting a long-standing ban on exporting uranium to India is a sign of maturity, the nation's uranium industry has said.

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