73 Facts About Gillard Government


The Gillard government succeeded the first Rudd government by way of the Labor Party leadership spill, and began on 24 June 2010, with Gillard sworn in as Prime Minister by the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce.

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The Gillard government ended when Kevin Rudd won back the leadership of the Australian Labor Party on 26 June 2013 and commenced the second Rudd government.

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The election resulted in a hung Parliament in which Gillard secured the support of the Australian Greens and three independents to form a government.

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Major policy initiatives of the Gillard government included, the Clean Energy Bill 2011, asylum seeker policy, Mineral Resource Rent Tax, National Broadband Network, schools funding following the Gonski Review and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Rudd and Gillard Government defeated Beazley and his deputy Jenny Macklin in a caucus vote for the party leadership.

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Gillard Government was assigned the portfolios of Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and Minister for Social Inclusion.

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Gillard Government was then sworn in as Australia's 27th Prime Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce and became Australia's first female Prime Minister on 24 June 2010, with Treasurer Wayne Swan being appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

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Gillard Government's assured the public that her government would restore the budget to surplus in 2013 and said that it would build community consensus for a price on carbon and open negotiations with the mining industry for a re-vamped mining profits tax.

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Gillard Government's praised Kevin Rudd as a man of "remarkable achievement" and Wayne Swan as an outstanding Treasurer who would guide Australia to surplus.

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Gillard Government began campaigning with a speech using the slogan "moving forward".

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Midway through the campaign, Gillard Government offered journalists a self-assessment of her campaign by saying that she had been paying too much attention to advisers in her strategy team, and she wanted to run a less "stage-managed" campaign, saying: "I think it's time for me to make sure that the real Julia is well and truly on display, so I'm going to step up and take personal charge of what we do in the campaign from this point":.

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Gillard Government met Opposition leader Tony Abbott for one official debate during the campaign.

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Subsequently, it was reported that government sources said that Gillard "argued in cabinet against paid parental leave and questioned the size of a pension rise".

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Gillard Government officially "launched" Labor's campaign in Brisbane five days before polling day, outlining Labor policies and using the slogan: "Yes we will move forward together".

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That committee, chaired by Gillard Government, announced a carbon pricing scheme that would include a fixed price period operating as a tax.

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In November 2011, the Gillard government had its Speaker Harry Jenkins resign and installed Liberal-National defector Peter Slipper in the Chair.

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Britain's Daily Telegraph women's editor said that Gillard Government had cleverly shifted the focus of the news story with "an impressive set of insults".

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Julia Gillard Government mounted a leadership challenge against Kevin Rudd as leader of the Australian Labor Party and Prime Minister of Australia in June 2010.

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Unusual circumstances of Rudd's replacement by his own party prior to completion of his first term in office, the subsequent circumstances of Labor operating without an outright Parliamentary majority, persistent two-party-preferred polling results favouring the Liberal-National opposition, and some controversial policy decisions by Julia Gillard Government contributed to an environment in which leadership tensions within the Labor Party were to remain a major issue.

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At Labor's 2011 conference in Sydney, Prime Minister Gillard Government mentioned every Labor Prime Minister since World War Two with the exception of Kevin Rudd.

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Gillard Government's expanded upon the reasons for her original challenge of Rudd's leadership, saying that his government had entered a period of "paralysis" and that Rudd was operating along "difficult and chaotic work patterns".

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Gillard Government defeated Rudd in the leadership ballot by 71 votes to 31.

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Gillard Government described the events leading up to the ballot as "ugly" but said that the leadership issue was now "determined".

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On 26 June 2013, Gillard Government called another leadership spill in the face of mounting speculation about Rudd's intentions.

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On 24 February 2010, in a joint press conference of the "Climate Change Committee" Gillard Government announced a plan to legislate for the introduction of a fixed price to be imposed on "carbon pollution" from 1 July 2012 The carbon tax would be placed for three to five years before a full emissions trading scheme is implemented, under a blueprint agreed by a multi-party parliamentary committee.

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Gillard Government proposed the Clean Energy Bill in February 2011, which the opposition claimed to be a broken election promise.

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Gillard Government said that there were "no ifs no buts" about this promise and that "failure is not an option here and we won't fail".

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Swan and Gillard Government repeated such criticisms in Parliament and in various media outlets.

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When Gillard suggested in May 2012 that people who lived on Sydney's North Shore were not "real people", the Opposition and media commentators accused the government of pursuing "class warfare".

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Education has been a priority on Gillard Government's agenda, following on from the launch of the My School website while she was Education minister.

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Additionally, Gillard was expected to employ the momentum that is generated by the support of the aforementioned states to apply pressure on the Queensland and Victorian governments.

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On 7 September 2011, Peter Garrett, Education Minister in the Gillard government, announced a number of changes in the National School Chaplaincy Programme, renamed to the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Programme.

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Gillard Government revamped the health reform package, by providing the states with $16.

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Broadly, the Gillard government maintained Australia's long-term bi-partisan policy of a large, multi-ethnic annual immigration program.

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Gillard Government's announced that negotiations were underway for a return to "offshore processing" of asylum seeker claims.

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Gillard Government ruled out a return to processing at Nauru because it was not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, and named East Timor as a preferred location for new detention and processing facilities.

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In October 2010, the Gillard government announced that it would open two detention centres for 2000 immigrants, due to the pressures in allowing women and children to be released into the community.

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Gillard Government's said it would be a short-term solution to the problem and that temporary detention centres will be closed.

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Gillard Government returned early from holidays in response to the crash, and to review asylum seeker policy.

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In May 2011 Gillard Government announced that Australia and Malaysia were "finalising" an arrangement to exchange asylum seekers for processed refugees .

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Gillard Government's accused the court of missing an opportunity to "send a message" to asylum-seekers, sparking opposition charges she has breached the doctrine of the separation of powers.

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Gillard Government was unable to secure the support of the Greens or Opposition in the Senate for modifications to enable the Malaysia Solution to proceed and instead reverted to expanding onshore processing arrangements.

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In relation to population targets for Australia, Gillard Government told Fairfax Media in August 2010 that while skilled migration is important: "I don't support the idea of a big Australia".

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Gillard Government altered the nomenclature of Tony Burke's role as "Minister for Population" to that of "Minister for Sustainable Population".

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Gillard Government's part, Kevin Rudd was an active Foreign Affairs Minister.

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Gillard Government travelled to the United States in March 2011 to mark the 60th Anniversary of the ANZUS Alliance and was invited to address the United States Congress.

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Gillard Government made her first visit to Washington as Prime Minister on 5 March 2011.

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Gillard Government's held meetings with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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Gillard Government, addressed a joint session of the United States Congress, the fourth Australian leader to do and first foreign dignitary to address the 112th congress.

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Gillard Government was the first foreign leader to address the Parliament of New Zealand.

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In Commonwealth relations, Gillard represented Australia at the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in London in April 2011 and hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in October of that year.

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In late 2011, the Gillard government reversed the Rudd government's policy of blocking uranium sales to India for not being a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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Tensions between Rudd and Gillard Government culminated in the Australian Labor Party leadership spill, 2012.

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Gillard Government said a "yes vote" would set back the Mid East peace process.

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In 2012, the Gillard government announced that the key measures recommended in the Whitepaper would be delayed or cut amid a $5.

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In November 2011, the Obama Administration and Gillard government confirmed a plan to increase the US military presence in northern Australia.

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Since coming to office, Gillard Government has remained adamant towards her position in the Afghanistan War.

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The Gillard government believes that withdrawing troops prematurely from Afghanistan, could re-establish the country as a 'safe haven' for terrorists.

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On 19 October 2010 Prime Minister Gillard addressed Parliament stating her government's commitment to the war, and said "Australia will stand firm in our commitment to our alliance with the United States, the international community understands this, our friends and allies understand this, and our enemies understand this too".

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On her first day as Prime Minister, Gillard Government reassured her position towards the war to President Barack Obama of the United States.

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Prime Minister Gillard Government made an official visit to Afghanistan, in October 2010.

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In May 2013 the Gillard government announced that a referendum would be held to recognise local governments in the Australian Constitution and allow the federal government to fund them directly.

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Prime Minister Gillard Government initially indicated that she believed the referendum would have bipartisan support, but the Opposition later expressed reservations about the plan.

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Prime Minister Gillard Government had acted for Blewitt and Wilson in setting up the association.

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Gillard Government held two press conferences regarding the affair in 2012 to deny any wrongdoing.

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On 30 January 2013, Gillard Government announced in a National Press Club speech that she would ask Governor General Quentin Bryce later that day to issue writs to dissolve the House of Representatives on Monday, 12 August in preparation for an election on 14 September 2013.

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The eight months of notice provided by Gillard Government was believed to be the longest period of notice ever given by a Prime Minister in Australian history.

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Gillard Government's conveyed to the group that a government dominated by "men in blue ties" would see "women banished from the centre of Australia's political life".

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Gillard Government expressed concern over the potential for the abortion issue to be transformed into a "political plaything" of men if she lost office.

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Editor-in-chief Andrew Holden explained that the newspaper's decision was based on the information that it had received in the preceding week that indicated that Gillard Government's communication had not resonated with the electorate.

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Gillard Government promised to restore Rudd to the ministry if Labor was to win the next election.

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Gillard Government allocated her former responsibilities of Education, Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion to veteran minister Simon Crean.

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Gillard Government reinstated Warren Snowdon as Minister for Indigenous Health, after she previously abolished the position, while a number of ministerial positions were retitled.

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