WHEN Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Emerald last month in her former capacity as deputy, her popularity in the polls was starting to soar.
She laughed off any leadership speculation as she toured Emerald Hospital and listened to staff concerns about the quality of care and capacity to deliver services.
At yesterday’s town hall community forum, it was announced to all and sundry at 9.38am that Australia had made political history with Kevin Rudd rolled in his first term as a result of Labor factions making their fatal play.
“If anyone’s interested we now have a female PM,” said councillor Peter Haylock.
“Maybe she’ll do something about birthing services in Emerald,” was one hopeful response.
At her first media conference yesterday, Ms Gillard summed up her vision of Australia as “a nation where hard work is rewarded ... a nation that prides itself on the excellence of its education system”.
Australia should be “a bright democracy for the world to admire, and a sanctuary for all of our people”, she said.
“Can I say to the Australian people, there will be some days I delight you, there may be some days I disappoint you, on every day I will be working my absolute hardest for you.”
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