Rudd Is Out, Gillard In As Australia Gets First Female PM
June 24, 2010
Already being called a ploy by the opposition, Rudd was ousted after his public approval rating plummeted over the last two months.
Despite being one of the most popular PM’s in 30 years, several key decisions caused him to lose a great deal of his support, including his fight for a major tax on the mining industry, his push for a severe Internet censorship law, and his backing out of a Climate Change deal.
Julia Gillard has served as his Deputy Prime Minister, and has not taken the seat ahead of general elections later this year. But her appointment has led many raised eyebrows in what some say is a trend of ‘musical chairs’ in Labour politicians.
Gillard has not expressed any real difference in policy to Rudd, and has hinted at continuing on with tax changes for mines. But she has also promised for a change in the Labour party.
“I came to the view that a good government was losing its way,” she said in her acceptance speech.
“I believe too I have a responsibility to make sure at the next election that Labor is there at its strongest.”
Rudd appeared emotional as he stood with his family, but he says he is leaving his legacy as Australia’s PM “proud”.
“I have given it my absolute all and in that spirit I am proud of the achievements we have delivered to make this country fairer. I’m proud of the fact that we kept Australia out of the global financial crisis. I’m proud of the fact that had we not done so, we would had had half a million Australians out there out of work.”
General elections are expected to be held in October.