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Australia Gets First Female PM

Gillard takes charge after party dumps Rudd
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 10:47 PM CDT
Updated Jun 24, 2010 6:05 AM CDT
Australia Gets First Female PM
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pauses while speaking to the media as his wife, Therese Rein, looks on in Canberra today.   (AP Photo/AAP Image, Alan Porritt)

(Newser) – Julia Gillard has become Australia's first prime minister after a revolt within the ruling Labor Party ousted Kevin Rudd. Rudd—who led the party to a landslide victory less than 3 years ago—got the heave-ho from lawmakers worried that his growing unpopularity would cause Labor to lose power in elections expected this October, the AP reports.

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Rudd began losing public support in April this year when he reneged on a campaign promise and shelved a plan for a carbon emissions trading scheme. "I was elected by the Australian people as prime minister of this country to bring back a fair go for all Australians and I have given my absolute best to do that," Rudd said. after being deposed. "What I'm less proud of is the fact that I have now blubbered." (Read more Kevin Rudd stories.)

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