Australian Labor Party caucus vote to change prime minister
Thursday, June 24, 2010
"The new leader elected unopposed is Julia Gillard and the deputy will be Wayne Swan," Senator Michael Forshaw told media after the caucus. The "leadership spill", as it is known, occurred at 9:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time this morning (11:00 pm last night ). According to reports, there was no ballot after Rudd pulled out.
Gillard becomes Australia's first female prime minister in the country's 109 year history and has been sworn in as such by Australia's first female Governor-General, Quentin Bryce.
Channel Nine editorialised prior to the spill that Gillard had the votes to become prime minister.
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