Australian prime minister

CANBERRA, Australia, June 24 (UPI) -- Julia Gillard was sworn in Thursday as prime minister of Australia, the first female leader of the country.
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Australia gets first female prime minister

Australia gets first female prime minister

CANBERRA, Australia, June 24 (UPI) -- Julia Gillard was sworn in Thursday as Australia's first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd stepped aside following the loss of Labor Party support.

Rudd ousted in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia, June 23 (UPI) -- Australia's Labor Party has elected Julia Gillard as its leader, ousting Prime Minister Kevin Rudd weeks before a federal election, officials said.

3 arrested in Aussie Palestinian protest

MELBOURNE, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Three people were arrested Sunday when dozens of pro-Palestinian demonstrators stormed a Melbourne hotel, officials said.

Teen sets sail on solo world voyage

SYDNEY, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A 16-year-old girl set sail Sunday in Australia in her quest to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo and non-stop, her mother says.

Australia, Indonesia team up on smuggling

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is working closely with Indonesia to stop people smuggling, the government says.

Australian navy reacts to sex allegations

CANBERRA, Australia, July 5 (UPI) -- The Royal Australian Navy says it has removed four sailors from their ships amid allegations they took part in a sex contest.

Australia rejects Gitmo detainee request

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Australia will not be among the nations accepting terror suspects now held at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the government has announced.

Nations reluctant to take Gitmo detainees

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Some nations are expressing wariness about U.S. requests for them to accept detainees from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison, diplomatic leaders said.

Australia to take some Gitmo detainees?

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Australia will only accept released Guantanamo detainees who have been thoroughly vetted, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Thursday.

Unions complain about workplace law

SYDNEY, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A group of unions in Australia is threatening to file a complaint against the federal government for failing to meet international workplace standards.

Study: Aboriginals lag in school testing

SYDNEY, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Some 80 percent of Aboriginal children in the remote Northern Territory of Australia fail basic literacy and math tests, officials said.

Australia gets its first female acting PM

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Julia Gillard made history Tuesday as Australia's first female acting prime minister.

Aussie PM-elect picks his new Cabinet

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd has named a 20-person Cabinet lineup from his victorious Labor Party, which assumes office next week.

Australia's new deal on mental health

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The Australian government has revealed details of its $1.4 billion mental health package.
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Julia Gillard
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (white coat) visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington on March 7, 2011. With her are veteran Graham Edwards (in wheel chair) and Jan Scruggs, founder and president, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (R). Australia has committed resources to building the "Education Center at The Wall." UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg.

Julia Eileen Gillard (/ˈɡɪlɑrd/, born 29 September 1961) is the 27th and current Prime Minister of Australia, in office since June 2010.

Gillard was elected at the 1998 federal election to the House of Representatives seat of Lalor, Victoria, for the Australian Labor Party. Following the 2001 federal election, Gillard was elected to the shadow cabinet with the portfolios of Population and Immigration. The Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs and the Health portfolios were added in 2003. In December 2006, Kevin Rudd was elected Labor leader and Leader of the Opposition, with Gillard as deputy leader.

Gillard became the Deputy Prime Minister upon Labor's victory in the 2007 federal election, also serving as Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. On 24 June 2010, after Rudd lost the support of his party and stood aside, Gillard became federal leader of the Australian Labor Party and thus the Prime Minister, the first female holder of the office.

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