Julia Gillard the first woman Prime Minister in history-Australia


Sydney, Australia — Australia’s new prime minister, Julia Gillard, said Thursday that she had respect for the leadership of her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, but moved to replace him because “I came to the view that the government was losing its way.”

The 48-year-old lawyer made her remarks after the Labor Party caucus declared vacant the positions of leader and deputy leader and then chose Gillard to take the helm, ending Rudd’s two and a half years as prime minister.

The party also chose Wayne Swan, who served as treasurer of Rudd’s government, to serve as deputy.

Gillard offered praise for Rudd, but said she had chosen to oppose him “to make sure this government got back on track.”

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