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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Julia Eileen Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is a Welsh-born Australian politician representing the Australian Labor Party (ALP), of which she has been the Deputy Leader since 4 December 2006. Since 3 December 2007 she has been the Deputy Prime Minister, the first woman and the first foreign-born person to hold this position. This makes her the highest-ranking woman in the history of Australia's federal parliament.

On 11 December 2007 she became the first woman in Australia's history to assume the Prime Ministerial role, when she acted as Prime Minister while Kevin Rudd attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali She is also the Minister for Education, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Social Inclusion.

Gillard will contest the position of Leader of the Australian Labor Party at a special caucus meeting on 24 June 2010. If elected by the Labor caucus, she will become the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, and Australia's first female Prime Minister.

Gillard has been an ALP member of the House of Representatives since the 1998 federal election. She represents the Division of Lalor in Victoria.

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