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Australian PM Julia Gillard calls election

Australian PM Julia Gillard calls election
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a federal election date for August 21, putting an end to weeks of media speculation. (Getty Images)
Australian PM Julia Gillard calls election
Gillard announced the election after earlier visiting the Governor-General Quentin Bryce to request permission. (Getty Images)
Australian PM Julia Gillard calls election
Gillard, the country’s first female prime minister, smiles during a press conference in the Prime Minister's courtyard at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. (Getty Images)
Australian PM Julia Gillard calls election
The election will put the 48-year-old against the conservative Liberal party leader Tony Abbott, who needs to win nine seats to form a government. (Getty Images)
Australian PM Julia Gillard calls election
Gillard departs Government House. Gillard told the press conference the election would ‘move Australia forward’. (Getty Images)
Australian PM Julia Gillard calls election
Key election issues will be the economy, global warming and immigration. (Getty Images)
Australian PM Julia Gillard calls election
Welsh-born Gillard was appointed prime minister after a party coup saw Kevin Rudd ousted earlier this year. (Getty Images)