Australia Had 3 Prime Ministers in 2013; Julia Gillard’s Melbourne Home Sells for $921,000 at Auction

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By Vittorio Hernandez | December 16, 2013 9:52 AM EST

The year 2013 would go down in Australia's history as the year when the Land Down Under had three prime minister.

For the greater part of the year, Australia's first and so far only female prime minister, Julia Gillard, ruled the nation amid several threats from her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, and strong survey performance of nemesis Tony Abbott.

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Mr Rudd finally made good his threat and unseated Ms Gillard, who opted to quit politics. However, Mr Rudd's second term lasted only for a few weeks after he lost to Mr Abbott in the September federal election.

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Now, the shoe is on the other side. While Mr Abbott fulfilled his dream of becoming PM, his party's ratings is on the downside, particularly as Australia incurred the ire of Indonesia after leaked documents said that Canberra spied on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the first lady and several senior Indonesian ministers.

In turn, the Opposition - which suffered from plummeting approval ratings when Labor was in power - enjoyed high rating.

The changing of guards indicates the temporary nature of political power and its wielders.

Meanwhile, Ms Julliard, probably a very unpopular political leader during her three-year reign, is benefitting from her political stock having risen over the years despite the events of 2013, based on the results of auction of her house at 9 Medford Street, Altona, Melbourne.

Reports said the house sold for $921,000, or $300,000 higher than the asking price. ABC reported that bidding started at $500,000 and reached the selling price of $921,000 after about 25 minutes.

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Ms Gillard was the house's owner for 15 years. After her depose as OM, she and partner Tim Mathieson left The Lodge, now being refurbished, and moved to Adelaide.

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