Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Prime Minister of Australia. She was previously the 13th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia from until and held the cabinet positions of Minister for Education , Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion from to She was the first and to date only woman to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister and leader of a major party in Australia. Gillard went on to the University of Adelaide , but switched to the University of Melbourne in , where she eventually graduated with Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees. She worked with the Australian Union of Students during that time and was the organisation's president from to
Ex-Australia PM Gillard reverses gay marriage stance
Julia Gillard - Wikipedia
Gay marriage advocates have lashed former prime minister Julia Gillard for coming out in support of its legalisation two years after losing the power to do anything about it. Ms Gillard voted against a bill for marriage equality in as prime minister, but told an audience in Melbourne on Wednesday she had changed her view that both heterosexual and same-sex couples should embrace civil unions. Julia Gillard says she has changed her mind and would now vote for same-sex marriage. Credit: Alex Ellinghausen. Ms Gillard said she assumed at the time the Coalition would have eventually allowed a conscience vote on the issue and marriage equality would have become law. Ms Gillard called for a conscience vote on the issue soon after the next election, and said she would vote in favour of same-sex marriage if she was still in parliament. Ms Gillard new position sits in contrast with comments made during an Sky News interview in that "there are some important things from our past that need to continue to be part of our present and part of our future".
Updated August 26, Former prime minister Julia Gillard has revealed she has changed her mind about same-sex marriage and now supports it. In a speech at the College of Law and Justice in Melbourne, Ms Gillard said she was aware many remembered she had previously voted 'No' to same-sex marriage — a decision she described as "idiosyncratic". I am keenly aware my position was idiosyncratic," she said.
Every voter, about 18 million of us, will have the chance to have our say on this in the next term of parliament should the Coalition get elected. Enabling our nation to ready for the future, to adopt the continuing stream of big changes necessary, requires thoughtful strengthening of those bonds, not unusual tactics calculated to increase the wear and tear. All this means a plebiscite or referendum is an idea of superficial appeal and long lived dangers. While in office Gillard always supported the idea marriage had to be between a man and a woman, but since leaving office has said she accepted things could change.