The Hon. Julia Gillard
Member for Lalor (Vic.)
The Hon. Julia Gillard was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Lalor (Vic.) for the Australian Labor Party in 1998. She entered Parliament expressing a desire to create a more equitable education system, including a high-class state school system. She served on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations from 1998 to 2001.
After being elected for a second term in 2001 Gillard entered the shadow ministry and in 2006 she became Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Following the 2007 election Gillard became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. In this role she introduced industrial relations reforms including the establishment of Fair Work Australia, and an initiative to enhance the integration of information and communication technology into teaching and learning in schools.
In 2010 Gillard became Australia’s first female Prime Minister. Her government's key initiatives included the introduction of a price on carbon emissions, a national disability insurance scheme, amendments to the way in which schools are funded and the establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Gillard was also a strong advocate for her electorate and in the early period of her time in Parliament she worked with concerned local residents to prevent the building of a waste dump in Werribee.