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Introducing Australia’s First Female PM

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Posted on Jun 24, 2010
AP / Gurinder Osan

Her name is Julia Gillard, and she’s Australia’s first lady prime minister, voted in Thursday after a power shuffle in the government’s highest ranks. However, besides the whole gender angle, Aussies apparently don’t expect Gillard to bring big changes into office with her.  —KA

AP via Los Angeles Times:

Australia’s ruling Labor Party ousted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday in a sudden, stunning revolt that also delivered the country its first female leader.

Rudd’s deputy, Julia Gillard, was elected leader in an uncontested vote about 12 hours after she surprised many colleagues by challenging a prime minister who until recently had been among the country’s most popular.

[...] Many foreign policies, including Australia’s 1,500-strong military contribution to the war in Afghanistan, are not likely to change under Gillard.

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By brewerstroupe, June 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

July 10, 2009

“The Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was greeted in Israel and thanked for having been “alone in sticking by us” during Operation Cast Lead, the attack on the Gaza Strip in December and January”

May 24, 2010

THE Rudd Government has announced it will expel an Israeli diplomat in retaliation for Mossad’s use of four Australian passports ...

June 2, 2010

KEVIN Rudd has expressed his “deep concern” to the Israeli Prime Minister over the loss of life in a botched raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people, urging him to establish an independent inquiry.

June 22, 2010

“When Kevin Rudd sat down to dinner in the Lodge with six leaders of the Jewish community this month…..

. the Prime Minister had ordered kosher food, flown from Melbourne, for the event. It was a nice touch, but not enough ............Australia had long been one of the Israel’s three most supportive friends, along with the US and Canada. But now there were troubling signs that Rudd had decided to distance Australia from the Jewish state and himself from the Australian Jews he had called friends….
....The Jewish community was an important source of Labor funds for the 2007 election. A single lunch in Sydney raised $100,000….
But as this year has unfolded, it became increasingly clear such effort would not be repeated.”

June 24 2010

Rudd rolled.

June 24, 2010

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Jewish leaders welcomed the appointment of Australia’s first female prime minister, who has been supportive of Israel.

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