In almost a stunning moment similar to that of British Prime Minister Cameron’s recent ’win’ after former PM Gordon Brown resigned, the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd resigned from his post which let Julia Gillard become Australia’s first female Prime Minister on an afternoon Thursday.
Members of the Australian Labor Party, the LPA (Liberal Party of Australia) and Conservative parties were undergoing an internal parliamentary vote which Kevin Rudd saw almost immediately as in favor with Julia Gillard. Refusing to go without a fight, former Prime Minister Rudd promised a few things ranging from ending the Australian government’s controversial ”ad war” with the mining industry BHP Billiton, to bringing about proposals for emissions trading for the purpose of gaining more votes.
Pressure from many ‘pro-Gillard’ power-factions in the government added with the fact the highly influential Australian Workers Union supported Gilliard as well wore down former-PM Rudd. Even among his own party, doubts had arose questioning Kevin Rudd’s ability to deal with his ‘failures’ in policy-making and concerns were stirred about his decline in popularity with the public.
If the representative of an Australian party is unpopular, then consequently the party is unpopular. Which means the party cannot be elected and cannot choose their preferred individual to be Prime Minister of Australia. Hours later, a tearful Kevin Rudd in his resignation speech, stated that he was “proud of his achievements” as Prime Minister.
Around Thursday afternoon in Canberra’s Government House, Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia by the first female Governor-General, Quentin Bryce. The Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan was designated as deputy leader without serious opposition.
Prime Minister Gillard expressed she was very “honored” to become the first female Australian Prime Minister and emphasized that she wasn’t here “to break any glass ceiling” but to get the government “back on track.”
The new Prime Minister quickly took action in ending the government’s expensive advertising campaign against BHP Billiton which prompted a happy BHP to end its own advertising campaign against the government’s 40% tax on mining profits. Prime Minister Gillard vaguely stated that she will lead her party in the upcoming election but did not specify when.
Analysts speculate that Messr. Rudd may be appointed as the Australian Foreign Minister. Meanwhile other world leaders including U.S President Barack Obama offered congratulations to Prime Minister Gillard in becoming the first, female Australian Prime Minister.