Gillard boasts her status in front of the Queen

Julia Gillard is to make an exceptional reference to her position as Australia’s first woman prime minister when the Queen visits this week, saying her supremacy gives strength to women so they can become leaders.

Gillard said: “These have been remarkable decades for women’s participation and leadership. When her majesty became Queen in 1952, women in parliamentary and ministerial office were rarities. Only one woman had ever served in federal cabinet and no woman was to hold office as a first minister until Rosemary Follett in 1989.”

PM Gillard typically emphasizes her significant role as Australia’s first woman prime minister. But this week it will be on exhibit when she, and the first woman governor-general, Quentin Bryce, welcomes the Queen.

She said: “I am proud of what we have been able to achieve in the almost 60 years of the Queen’s long and successful reign. We can take inspiration from her majesty to complete the journey of women’s leadership and participation.”

The Queen and Prince Philip arrive in Canberra on Wednesday.

The fame of the Crown is rising. Australians now demand a constitutional monarchy more than ever. Research of Roy Morgan indicates 55 per cent of Australians in favour of it.

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