Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, spoke at Colorado State University on Monday April 8, 2019, from 6-7:30 P.M. in the Grand Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.
The event was hosted by the Office of International Programs with additional support provided by First National Bank, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, University Housing, Women and Philanthropy, Department of Political Science, Office of the Vice President for University Operations, Office of Vice President for Diversity, Colorado School of Public Health at CSU, Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Grant, Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE), School of Global Environmental Sustainability, ASCSU, KUNC, Women in Natural Sciences.
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Julia Gillard is the first and only women to date to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister, and leader of a major party in Australia. As Prime Minister, Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy during the global financial crisis and delivered nation-changing policies. These policies included reforming education at every level, creating an emission trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation’s first scheme to care for people with disabilities, and restructuring the telecommunications sector. She strengthened ties with many foreign countries during her time in office and developed Australia’s guiding policy paper Australia in the Asian Century.
Prime Minister Gillard retired from politics in 2013 and now follows her passion for education. In 2014, she was appointed chair of the Global Partnership for Education, a leading organization dedicated to expanding access and quality education worldwide. The International Commission for Global Education Opportunity appointed her Commissioner in 2015.