When the UK got its first female prime minister she was in power for 11 years; now that Australia has followed suit with Julia Gillard 21 years later, her reign may only last a meagre two months.

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When the UK got its first female prime minister she was in power for 11 years; now that Australia has followed suit with Julia Gillard 21 years later, her reign may only last a meagre two months.

Voters will take to the polls tomorrow to play their part in a snap election that was called by Gillard in July, seeking to capitalise on increased support for her incumbent Labor party having supplanted then prime minister Kevin Rudd in June.

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