Julia Gillard's ascension to the Labor leadership and Australia's first female Prime Minister will provide a much needed boost to Victoria underpinning Michael Danby's retention of Melbourne Ports.
Gillard is without any doubt a very competent and outstanding political performer. Her contest of the ALP leadership against Kevin Rudd was not of her doing but a response to growing concern about Kevin Rudd's ability to take labor though to a second term in office. Her decision to challenge the leadership was not easy. The decision to oust Kevin Rudd was taken following a collapse in confidence in Rudd's caucus support most notably the collapse in support from Queensland Labor.