New woman Ozzie PM announces general election on 21 August
Australians will go to the polls on August 21 after PM Julia Gillard pulled the trigger for the first winter campaign in more than 20 years, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Just three weeks after deposing former Labour PM Kevin Rudd, Ms Gillard held a press conference to announce the minimum five week campaign and ask the people to elect her in her own right.
When Ms Gillard became prime minister, she said the government had ‘‘lost its way’’. Asked what had changed in the intervening weeks, she said the government under her leadership had taken several new directions.
She had committed to a sustainable population, announced plans for a regional asylum-seeker processing centre, and resolved the mining tax stand-off.