Posted on 24. Jun, 2010 in News

The appointment of Australia’s first female Prime Minister is an historic day for our country, Minister for Women’s Affairs Maxine Morand said today.

“For the first time in our country’s history we have a woman in the highest office in Australia,” Ms Morand said.

“This historic event sends an important message to Australian women and girls that gender is no longer a barrier to occupying the most senior role in Australian politics.

“It also sends a message that women should seek and have equal representation in all roles in society and take their rightful place in the most senior leadership roles in Australia.

“I look forward to a time when milestones of this nature are of historic interest only and there are no longer any remaining gaps for women to achieve.

“I congratulate our new Prime Minister Julia Gillard and have great confidence that she will be a strong, passionate and most capable leader.”

Ms Morand said it was wonderful to see Australia’s first female Prime Minister come from within the Australian Labor Party.

“I am proud that it is the Labor Party that has finally achieved this most significant milestone in Australia’s democratic history – a milestone that is long overdue but very welcome,” Ms Morand said.

“The Labor Party has led the way with improving female representation in Parliament and has a great tradition of promoting equality and fairness, including the equal representation of women.

“I am also pleased that our first female Prime Minister is a Victorian.

“The ALP has made significant progress in increasing the number of female MP’s in Victoria, with the majority – 65 per cent – of all women ever elected to the Victorian Parliament being from the Labor Party and 67 per cent of current female members of the Victorian Parliament being Labor women.”

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