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Julia Gillard 24 Jun 2010 27th Prime Minister
In a leadership challenge, Julia Gillard became Australia's 27th Prime Minister and the first woman to hold the office. She was elected unopposed by the Parliamentary Labor Party.
Julia Gillard 21 Aug 2010 43rd federal election
After the closest election result since 1961 produces a hung Parliament, intense negotiations enable Labor to form a minority government with the support of four cross-bench Members.
Julia Gillard 14 Oct 2010 Australian saint
Pope Benedict conducts the ceremony of canonisation of Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop.
Julia Gillard 15 Dec 2010 Refugee tragedy
Further controversy over Australia's refugee policies follows the wreck, off Christmas Island, of a boat laden with refugee families.
Julia Gillard 07 Jan 2011 Extreme weather in Australia
Cyclones Yasi and Carlos, a flash flood through the centre of Toowoomba, Qld, and devastating floods in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia contributed to a 1.2% economic slump for the quarter, the biggest fall in 20 years.
Julia Gillard 22 Feb 2011 Earthquake in New Zealand
An earthquake kills 181 people and causes substantial damage to Christchurch, New Zealand's second largest city. The country's second major earthquake in 6 months is followed by further severe aftershocks 4 months later.
Julia Gillard 11 Mar 2011 Worst ever earthquake in Japan
Japan's worst ever earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 struck 382 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, with major aftershocks and a tsunami. Extensive damage occurred, including meltdown of reactors at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.