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The former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has found a new role outside of the political life. She has joined the board of mental health organisation, Beyond Blue.

The chairman of Beyond Blue, former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett said, “Julia Gillard will not only bring a great deal of experience to our board, but importantly the passion for the sector that drove her in government to establish the National Disability Scheme, which, if professionally and compassionately introduced, could be the most important social reform of the century. For many of those who suffer disability, and their carers, depression can be an ever present condition.”

Julia Gillard has always been a kindred soul of our work. So much of the success of Beyond Blue has been that it has received bi-partisan support from politicians and governments since its inception in 2000. Ms Gillard’s appointment only reinforces that bi-partisanship.”

Julia will be attending the first Beyond Blue board meeting in February 2015.

So tell us, what do you think of this new role? We are unsure of whether this is a paid position or not, but do you think that ex-politicians should be working in this capacity more often? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. Their call, but should not be allowed to get any benefits from their parliamentary service while working. Happens to us plebes.

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    • We pay nearly $6000/week for John Howard’s expenses and he is on the Cricket Board..why should he be the exception?

    • All politicians that are voted out and go back to ” normal” work should lose all their political entitlements and live off what they earn in their job. Country would be in a better situation financially. Just have their super.

    • All politicians should loose all benefits once they elect to retire from politics because remember they did go into politics to help people

  2. Good for her, I think she will perfect in this position.

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  3. Have to agree with you Gary. I doubt very much that her arrogance will suit the role

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  4. Julia will do a great job, Beyond Blue is a such a worthy cause, Julia has a wonderful ability to negotiate, which will serve Beyond Blue admirably

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    • Hope she shows more ethics & or morals then she did as a Lawyer at Slater & Gordon!
      Not forgetting # turc report 2 Vic Police re her dealings with the slush fund of Union members $$ to refurbish her Fitzroy Street house!

    • Dawn this will all fizzle out..she has been cleared by a Royal
      Commission..one that the taxpayer paid for at great expense and it was all orchestrated by The Liberals to bring Julia down..they failed..You need to watch the news a bit more

    • well put it out of your mind Christine because there is nothing you can do about it..she must be qualified or they would not have appointed her and she a glowing endorsement from Kennet.

    • And Kennett is a former Liberal Premier, so that shows she is not getting some free ride. She will give good value. And if Christine is getting so depressed, she should contact Beyond Blue for help. Ii am sure not too many of you have objected to John Howard’s paid Directorships

    • I heard Jeff Kennett (in case you don’t know) former Victorian Liberal Premier, make the announcement on 3AW this morning. He was absolutely thrilled, that Julia had accepted the invitation of the Beyond Blue Board.

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