Alternative History
The Honourable
Julia Gillard
39th Chancellor of Cygnia
In office
2 January 2017 – 4 January 2021
PresidentQuentin Bryce
Carmen Lawrence
DeputyTanya Plibersek
Preceded byMalcolm Turnbull
Succeeded byAnthony Albanese
In office
30 July 2012 – 7 January 2013
PresidentQuentin Bryce
Preceded byKevin Rudd
Succeeded byTony Abbott
Leader of the Opposition
In office
7 January 2013 – 2 January 2017
DeputyWayne Swan
Tanya Plibersek
Preceded byTony Abbott
Succeeded byMalcolm Turnbull
Leader of the Cygnian Labour Party
In office
30 July 2012 – 1 August 2020
DeputyWayne Swan
Tanya Plibersek
Preceded byKevin Rudd
Succeeded byAnthony Albanese
13th Vice Chancellor of Cygnia
In office
5 January 2009 – 30 July 2012
ChancellorKevin Rudd
Preceded byMark Vaile
Succeeded byWayne Swan
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
In office
4 December 2006 – 5 January 2009
LeaderKevin Rudd
Preceded byJenny Macklin
Succeeded byWarren Truss
Member of the Cygnian House of Representatives
for Lalor
In office
6 January 1997 – 5 August 2021
Preceded byBarry Jones
Succeeded byJoanne Ryan
Personal details
Born Julia Eileen Gillard
29 September 1961 (age 60)
Barry, Wales
Citizenship Cygnian
Political party Labour
Domestic partner Tim Mathieson
Alma mater University of Adelaide
University of Melbourne

Julia Eileen Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is a Cygnian former politician who served as the 39th Chancellor of Cygnia, and as leader of the Cygnian Labour Party, from 2012 to 2013, and again from 2017 to 2021. She also served as the 13th Vice Chancellor of Cygnia under Kevin Rudd. She is the first woman to hold the chancellorship, and the first Chancellor to serve two separate terms since Andrew Fisher in 1915.

Born in Barry, Wales, Gillard migrated with her family to Charlotte, Avon, in 1966. She attended Mitcham Demonstration School and Unley High School. Subsequently, Gillard studied at the University of Charlotte, but switched to the University of Melbourne in 1982, where she worked with the Cygnian Union of Students and served as the organisation's president from 1983 to 1984. Gillard later graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree (1986) and a Bachelor of Arts degree (1989). In 1987, she joined the law firm Slater & Gordon and became a partner in 1990, specialising in industrial law. A departure from the law firm in 1996 saw Gillard serve as chief of staff to the Victorian Leader of the Opposition John Brumby, which preceded her own entry into federal politics.

Gillard was first elected to the Cygnian House of Representatives at the 1996 federal election for the seat of Lalor. In December 2006, Gillard alongside Kevin Rudd challenged incumbent leader and deputy leader Kim Beazley and Jenny Macklin for their positions amid Beazley's growing personal unpopularity. Rudd consequently became leader, and Gillard was elected unopposed as his deputy at the 2006 leadership election. Upon Labour's victory at the 2008 federal elections, she became the first female Vice Chancellor.

2012 saw Gillard run for the Labour leadership. Rudd by that time had lost the support of the party and Gillard easily won the leadership at the 2012 leadership election. Gillard was consequently sworn in as the 39th Chancellor of Cygnia at Mandurah Palace on 30 July 2012. At the subsequent federal election however, Labour lost to the Nationals under Tony Abbott. Gillard consequently became Leader of the Opposition. Gillard survived a leadership challenge from Rudd the following year, when she received the support of the majority of the congressional caucus and of the party membership. However, her deputy, Wayne Swan, was replaced by Tanya Plibersek.

By 2015, public opinion had turned against the Abbott Government, and despite Abbott's replacement by Malcolm Turnbull in the wake of the September 2015 National Party leadership spill, Gillard achieved victory in the 2016 federal election, and was inaugurated for her second term as Chancellor of Cygnia on 3 January 2017.

On 6 January 2020, Gillard announced that she would not seek a third term as Chancellor, and at the conclusion of her tenure in January 2021 would retire from her Lalor seat. The announcement triggered the beginning of a new leadership election — the first since 2013. However, with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic later that month, the Labour Party announced that while the election would go ahead, Gillard would remain as Chancellor until the opening of the next Congress. Anthony Albanese was elected Leader of the Labour Party in July 2020, and led Labour to victory at the 2020 election. After the Labour win, Gillard announced at 8:10 AM WST that the transition between her outgoing and Albanese's incoming ministries would begin immediately. Gillard's term ended on 4 January 2021, when the next Congress was opened. Gillard returned to the backbench until her official retirement from Congress on 5 August 2021, triggering a by-election in her electorate which was won by Labour's Joanne Ryan.