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Julia Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is the 27th and current Prime Minister of Australia, in office since 24 June 2010. She was born in Barry, Wales and migrated with her family to Adelaide, Australia in 1966. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees in 1986. In 1987, she joined the law firm Slater & Gordon working in industrial law, before entering politics. She was elected at the 1998 federal election to the House of Representatives seat of Lalor, Victoria, for the Australian Labor Party. Following the2001 federal election, she was elected to the shadow cabinet with the portfolios of Population and Immigration. The Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs and the Health portfolios were added in 2003. In December 2006, Kevin Rudd was elected Labor leader and Leader of the Opposition, with her as deputy leader. She became the Deputy Prime Minister upon Labor's victory in the 2007 federal election, also serving as Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. On 24 June 2010, after Rudd lost the support of his party and stood aside, she became federal leader of the Australian Labor Party and thus the Prime Minister, the first female holder of the office. The 2010 federal election saw the first hung parliament since the 1940 federal election.