Opportunity Of This Century Gillard In Context With The Image Essay

Question:

What is the opportunity of this century Gillard In context with the image?

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Introduction

Julia Eileen Gillard is the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013 who worked as a leader in Australian Labor Party. Before that she was deputy prime minister of Australia and held a cabinet position in ministry of employment, education and workplace relation. She is the first and only woman to hold the place of deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister and a leader of a party in Australia. She is the first female prime minister who became famous because of her fiery attacking speech on sexism and misogyny in the parliament.

Relationship with the cartoon image

“Asia’s rise is the opportunity of this century,” Gillard says. In context with the image Australia tied up coalition with Asian government which created a long term mutual benefit to Australia as well as Asia by amending white paper on foreign and trade policy[1]. Gillard’s government initiated the National broadband network (NBN) which took a step further to connect worldwide and her government also took some tax cuts, education reforms etc. for Australia. They increased the base pension rates and paid USD 207 per fortnight for single and USD 236 for couple pensioners[2]. The Australian government during 2010-13 also went to diversify its economy by increasing the export of its top two materials that is coal and iron ore. According to her the Australian government has seen an elite and sustainable growth in the mining industry.

She said that China is not the only growing country- so are Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, India and Japan. Despite of such achievements Gillard’s government was unable to manage Australia’s border as the asylum seeker arrangement was regarded unlawful by Australian high court. Later to which the asylum seekers came through boat[3]. Australia is third biggest exporter of international education which acknowledges that students come to their region to grow and acquire education.

During her period the federation intervened in commonwealth funding for the public hospital with Queensland, victoria and New South Wales resulting in difficulty for her to increase the threshold limit for funding. Gillard’s government took this decision to sell uranium to China as well as India as she thought that not exporting uranium to India will not stop them from making nuclear weapons. Therefore her labor party negotiated with Julia Gillard’s decision to export uranium to India[4]. The Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) which the government thought would achieve an optimum amount of revenue did not generate sufficient.

Conclusion

Concluding, Gillard took some decisions which somehow affected the country in both positive as well as negative ways. She is a strong independent woman who believes in equality and who wants to change the face of Australian politics.

References

Rodan, Garry. "Civil society and other political possibilities in Southeast Asia." Journal of Contemporary Asia 27, no. 2 (1997): 156-178.

Kate Talerico, “Gillard talks Australia’s relationship with Asia”, The Brown Daily Herald, (accessed 5 May 2017).

Hameiri, Shahar, and Kanishka Jayasuriya. "Regulatory regionalism and the dynamics of territorial politics: The case of the Asia-Pacific region." Political Studies 59, no. 1 (2011): 20-37.

Sid Maher, “Gillard defends decision to negotiate selling uranium to India”, The Weekend Australian, October

[1] Rodan, Garry. "Civil society and other political possibilities in Southeast Asia." Journal of Contemporary Asia 27, no. 2 (1997): 156-178.

[2] Kate Talerico, “Gillard talks Australia’s relationship with Asia”, The Brown Daily Herald, (accessed 5 May 2017).

[3] Hameiri, Shahar, and Kanishka Jayasuriya. "Regulatory regionalism and the dynamics of territorial politics: The case of the Asia-Pacific region." Political Studies 59, no. 1 (2011): 20-37.

[4] Sid Maher, “Gillard defends decision to negotiate selling uranium to India”, The Weekend Australian, October 16, 2012.

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