Julia Gillard Named New Australian Prime Minister
September 7, 2010
Gillard came to power following a drop in Kevin Rudd’s popularity, the former PM and leader of the Labour Party. Her appointment was rather swift, and opponents criticized her as just another talking box of the same policies that had led to a drop in public support to begin with.
In the following months she has done little to prove that opinion wrong, but Tony Abbot also failed to give a clear outline of what he would change if his more conservative party was able to take lead.
Despite the Labour win, Abbot’s Coalition did manage to secure more parliamentary seats back in August. But a sudden backing by two major MP’s, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, ensured Gillard’s win.
“With today’s agreement… Labor is prepared to deliver stable, effective and secure government for the next three years. Ours will be a government with just one purpose – to serve the Australian people,” Gillard was quoted by the BBC.
“We will be held more accountable than ever before, and more than any government in modern memory.”