Pauline Gillard’s husband Pauline has taken a major hit to his standing in her husband’s electorate with the arrival of the two-term Liberal senator in Canberra.
Gillard, the first woman to be elected to the Senate in the state, had been the front-runner to succeed the late Malcolm Fraser as the Liberal leader but she announced she would stand down on Thursday.
She has been elected in the Queensland seat of Wodonga, where she held the seat from 2005 to 2015 before leaving the Senate.
A number of political analysts are now speculating about what could happen next.
Gillard’s support is also being questioned because she is seen as being a “soft touch” on the Coalition, having opposed the reintroduction of same-sex marriage and opposition to the Coalition’s proposed emissions trading scheme.
Geraldton-based pollster Angus Taylor said the marriage was a major blow to Gillard, but that it was not likely to be a major factor in the election.
“It will not be a very big factor because I think it will have a knock-on effect on her overall vote,” he said.
Gillian Triggs, the Liberal Party’s chief electoral officer, said the party would continue to work to support the Gillard family.
“There are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to the relationship between the Gillards and the Coalition,” she said.
We don’t know whether that is going to be an issue.””
There are also the issues surrounding Pauline being a Labor member of Parliament.
We don’t know whether that is going to be an issue.”
Gillard said the announcement was “very bittersweet” for her husband.
“I have been married to Pauline for 30 years, so I’ve always known him as someone who cares for people and cares about their well-being,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“But I think the fact that he has taken this decision to step down, to stand down, I think, is a real loss for him, his family and his community.”
He is a great leader, and I hope that his wife will be able to continue working as he continues to lead this country.
“Gillards political careerThe Gillard marriage began in 1975 when her father, David Gillard Sr, became the prime minister of New South Wales.
Gerry Anderson, who became prime minister in 1977, had his first wife, Linda, in 1977.
In 1987, Gillard married the former chief executive of the National Health Service, Peter Slipper, who later became the deputy prime minister.
In 1996, Gillards son David, now a senator for Victoria, was elected the leader of the Greens.
Gills son Paul, now the leader for the National Party, and wife Joanne, who is also a member of the Australian Catholic Church, became parents of their first child, Daniel, in 2005.
Their marriage was marred by a child abuse scandal in the 1980s when Gillard was chief of staff to then Prime Minister Paul Keating.
In 2009, Gilles children, David and Joanne Gillard were named as party figures under the National Broadband Network (NBN) scandal.
A major poll last year suggested that Gillard had lost ground in the Senate to the Liberal candidate, Peter Whish-Wilson, with 44 per cent of voters saying they would prefer to see a woman leader.