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Australia's new prime minister: Your views

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Image caption Julia Gillard will lead the Labor Party into October's national elections

Julia Gillard has become Australia's first female prime minister after former PM Kevin Rudd stood aside from a party ballot.

The ruling Labor Party has suffered a sharp drop in support in recent opinion polls.

Mr Rudd's popularity plummeted following a number of policy setbacks.

BBC News website readers in Australia have been commenting on the country's new leader.

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