Picture of the Day – June 24, 2010
Photograph by Alan Porritt (AAP)
Australia appointed its first woman prime minister, Julia Gillard, who vowed on Thursday (June 24th, 2010) to end division over a controversial mining tax, resurrect a carbon trade scheme and call elections within months. Former prime minister Kevin Rudd made an emotional and ignominious exit, quitting just before the center-left Labor Party was to dump him in an internal ballot and less than three years after a stunning election victory in 2007.
Rudd became the shortest-serving Australian prime minister since 1972, with his leadership falling apart after a string of poor opinion polls. “I have given my absolute all. I was elected by the Australian people as the prime minister … to bring back a fair go for all Australians,” said Rudd, choking back tears.
Gillard has long been one of the government’s best performers in parliament with her ability to sell policies and deflect political attacks.
Gillard, 48, immediately offered to end a bitter dispute over a controversial “super profits” mining tax, which is threatening $20 billion worth of investment and has unnerved voters, saying she would throw open the door to fresh negotiations.
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