Rudd and Gillard - Julia Gillard the new PM¬†
Media Release - 24 June 20010¬†
In pdf form: Gillard as PM - June 2010.
The election of Julia Gillard as Prime Minister reveals the deep divisions within the Labor party, with factional leaders and Unions conspiring to change the leader of the party.
The failed policies and broken promises of the Rudd government led to the appointment of Julia Gillard as leader of the Party, and thus as Prime Minister.
"However, since she was Deputy Prime Minister throughout the term of Mr Rudd's government, Julia Gillard must take some responsibility for those failed promises. In particular she is ultimately responsible for the rorts in the Building the Education Revolution'," said Peter Stokes, Executive Director of Salt Shakers, a Christian Ethics Group.
Mr Stokes said "We are particularly concerned at the feminist and socialist agenda of Julia Gillard - including her membership of the Fabian Society - a socialist group - and her membership of Emily's list, a very feminist, pro-abortion group in the Labor Party."
We are also concerned that we now have an unmarried Prime Minister living in the Lodge with her de facto 'partner. This is not a situation that puts the emphasis on marriage and family - rather, it undermines it.
The appointment of Julia Gillard as Prime Minister highlights the control that the various factions and the Union movement have in the Labor Party, since it appears that when the 'Right' faction of the ALP expressed concern about Kevin Rudd's leadership the move was on to dump him as leader.
Mr Stokes concluded "With volatility in the leadership of both the major parties, it is vital that all Australians carefully analyse what all the Parties stand for and assess the values of the candidates in their own electorates, rather than just focusing on the 'leader' of a Party."