The seeds of Julia Gillard’s demise were sown the night she became Australia’s first female leader in June 2010. Just days after vowing not to challenge Kevin Rudd, the deputy leader ousted him in a backroom party coup.
Australia’s first female prime minister, assailed by media outlets owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd., which controls 70 percent of newspapers in the country, said her government’s inquiry into the news industry won’t result in any change in ownership.
Keith Darley, a 34-year-old electrician, hears from the government that Australia is the envy of the developed world. Yet the father of two, who employed 22 people a year ago, now works alone and says he’ll be voting against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the Sept. 14 election.