Today at Admiralty House, Sydney, the Governor-General, as Chancellor of the Order of Australia, presided over a ceremony to invest the Honourable Julia Gillard AC with the insignia of her appointment as a Companion in the Order of Australia.
The Honourable Julia Gillard AC
For eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, through seminal contributions to economic and social development, particularly policy reform in the areas of education, disability care, workplace relations, health, foreign affairs and the environment, and as a role model to young women.
Ms Gillard is a distinguished Australian whose contribution to the fabric of our political and social environment has been most significant.
Her exemplary and distinguished service to, and leadership of, the Parliament of Australia was characterised by her strength of conviction and commitment to achieve important outcomes for the benefit of the Australian community across a broad range of areas.
She has been a strong and passionate voice in advocating for quality, universal education, better care for people with disabilities, and improved social equity.
She continues to serve the nation, particularly in the area of mental health support services.
Ms Gillard is demonstrably one of our finest role models, particularly for young Australian women. Her service and enduring contribution to the nation are a source of great inspiration for us all.