There was champagne, there was whooping, there were tuneless chants of “Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio!” I’d like to issue a hearty welcome to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. For overseas Hoyden readers, Julia Gillard is the first woman to become Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister.
[image source: NYT: “Bush Ally Defeated in Australia”]
[image source: thewest.com.au]
And I’m still holding my breath hoping we’ll be welcoming Maxine McKew to the seat of Bennelong, previously held by John Howard. If McKew gets up, it will be the first time a sitting Prime Minister has lost his seat since Stanley Bruce in 1929.
[image source: ABC News]
And for those following the invasion of Aboriginal Australia: the former Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, is now unemployed, to be replaced in his seat by Jon Sullivan. Buh-bye!
Onward. It’s time.