|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||
Pope Benedict conducts the ceremony of canonisation of Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop.
|Julia Gillard||15 Dec 2010||
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.