Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, made her first official visit to Singapore in an invitation of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Ms Gillard was accompanied by officials from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr and Mrs Lee will also host an official dinner in honour of Ms Gillard visit.
The final result of the election gave Prime Minister Gillard’s Australian Labor Party 72 seats and the Liberal-National Party Coalition headed by Tony Abbott 73 seats. Four seats went to Independents and one to a member of the Greens Party. In order for Miss Gillard to form the government, she need 76 seats. Eventually the three Independents and the one elected Greens candidate threw their support behind the Labor Party, giving them a majority of 76 seats.
Julia Gillard bacame Australia’s 27th Prime Minister and Australia’s First Woman Prime Minister. Miss Gillard was the Deputy Prime Minister upon Labor’s victory in the 2007 federal election, also serving as Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Kelvin Rudd (former Prime Minister) lost the support of his party and stood aside. Read more »