The Hon Julia Gillard was awarded an Honorary Degree by Victoria University on Tuesday, 13 May 2014.
She was admitted to the degree of Doctor of the University, honoris causa, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian society as a Federal Member of Parliament representing the western region of Melbourne, and especially for her role in championing important reforms in the education sector and in disability care.
As a Federal Minister Ms Gillard championed important reforms of the education sector designed to enhance educational outcomes for all Australians.
On becoming Australia’s 27th Prime Minister, she provided strong leadership to a government which introduced significant new initiatives including sweeping changes to the delivery of disability care.
In 1982 Ms Gillard was elected National Education Vice-President of the Australian Union of Students (AUS), and was elected President in 1983.
After graduating she worked as a solicitor with the law firm Slater and Gordon and became a partner in 1990. Her work at Slater and Gordon predominantly focused on employment law, securing fairer treatment for workers and clothing trades outworkers who had been underpaid.
From 1996 to 1998, Ms Gillard served as Chief-of-Staff to the then Opposition Leader of the State of Victoria, John Brumby. She first contested the Federal seat of Lalor for the Australian Labor Party in 1998 and was elected that year. From 1998 to 2001, she served on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations.
Following her retirement from politics, Ms Gillard serves as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and in February 2014 was appointed Chair of the Global Partnership for Education.
Editors Note: Photos of Dr Gillard are available on request.
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