A lot can happen in 12 hours, just ask Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.
Last night Twitter and news services went CRAZY with talk of a Labor party spill. This morning, Kevin Rudd didn’t even contest the ballot at the Caucas meeting, and Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard was elected as the first female Prime Minister of Australia, 108 years after women were given the right to vote in Federal elections.
Congratulations to our new Prime Minister Julia Gillard!
And as you’d expect, it’s been a morning of press conferences, with an emotional speech from Kevin Rudd who, supported by his family, reflected on his time in office.
Then, Julia Gillard stepped up to the podium. Her first order of business was to extend an open invitation to the mining industry to negotiate about the mining tax. At the same time, she committed to ceasing the publicly funded mining tax advertisements immediately, and called on the mining industry to cease their ads. Nice move.
There are some interesting points to take away from today’s press conferences.
Firstly, it’s OK to be emotional when you’re speaking with the press or a group of people, it shows you’re passionate about what you’re talking about and shows people you’re a real person. So the next time you step up on stage, don’t be afraid to let people see how you’re feeling.
Secondly, it’s best to be upfront and honest and talk about the good and the bad. For example, Julia made it a point to mention she had been involved with both the good and the bad side of the Rudd government. Fess up and then move on!
Most importantly, she has confirmed she will not be taking up the full forward position for the Western Bulldogs. I suppose she’ll have her hands full as Prime Minister! 😛
Finally, while we don’t have a date for the election, the campaigning has begun for sure, and the c word will be watching the upcoming election trail with much anticipation.