Julia Gillard

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Julia Eileen Gillard
Date of birth 29 September 1961
Age 56
Party Australian Labor Party
Prime Minister
From 23 June 2010
Succeeded Kevin Rudd
Labor Party leader
From 24 June 2010
Succeeded Kevin Rudd

Julia Gillard is the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and parliamentary leader of the Australian Labor Party, having succeeded Kevin Rudd upon his resignation on June 24, 2010. She previously served as deputy prime minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in Rudd's cabinet.

Gillard called a Federal election for 21st August 2010 to try and achieve a mandate in her own right. The election was much closer than expected and almost resulted in a hung parlaiment. After three weeks of negotiations she was able to form a government with a majority of 2 seats, making her the first elected female Australian Prime Minister.

Her government is formed in the House of Representative of the Parliament of Australia as a coalition of seventy-two members of the Australian Labour Party, one Green Party member and three independants (a total of 76 seats), while the opposition is a coalition of the Liberal Party of Australia (44 seats), Liberal-National Queensland (21), the National Party (7), one Country Liberal and one independant.

Gillard's liberal Labour Party Government is the most unpopular for 15 years, largely due to her misguided attempt at a carbon tax to combat "climate change".[1]

Personal Life

Gillard lives in the official residence of the Prime Minister, "The Lodge", with her partner, Tim Mathieson, a hairdresser by profession. They have lived together since 2006. She had previous relationships with several trade union officials and a fellow Federal Labor Member of Parliament. She has never married and has no children.

While Gillard was brought up in the Baptist tradition, she now professes to have not religious belief.


  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/8458215/Julia-Gillards-Labor-government-most-unpopular-for-15-years.html