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Bulldogs can't fit new PM into forward line

General NewsThe Western Bulldogs today congratulate Julia Gillard on this historic occasion becoming Australia’s first female Prime Minister. Ms Gillard has been a lifelong Western Bulldogs supporter and Member.

Chief Executive Campbell Rose said that today’s news marks not only an unforgettable day but also a historic one for both our Club and our country. “The Club is very proud to be associated with such a significant moment in our national history. Ms Gillard’s achievement is recognition for her tireless work within the western suburbs of Melbourne and we believe that Julia will make an outstanding Prime Minister. Julia is an brilliant leader and will represent the people of our country well,” said Rose.

Ms Gillard helped take the profile of our great Club to the national stage last year when she challenged former Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd to a friendly wager ahead the Elimination Final between the Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions. Ms Gillard and the Prime Minister sat together that night at the MCG and following the Bulldog’s 51 point win over Brisbane, Mr Rudd happily exchanged his tie for a Bulldogs tie and the following day addressed parliament proudly wearing the Red, White and Blue of the Western Bulldogs. “This shows that Julia is not only a great supporter of our Club but has a real sense of humour which will endear her to the difficult role she has to fulfil,” Rose said.

Most recently Ms Gillard and her partner Tim Mathieson were welcome visitors into the Bulldogs change rooms following the Clubs win over Sydney in Canberra on May 15 and Ms Gillard also generously donated her time to assist in the promotions leading into the Field of Women Live event which the Bulldogs supported in Round 7 of this year.

Ms Gillard recently joked that she had “more chance of lining up in the Western Bulldogs forward line than there being a change in the Labor Party leadership this year.” While the Bulldogs can confirm today that our new Prime Minister won’t be lining up for the Club in our next match against Hawthorn, we do welcome her as part of our front line team.

“As much as we would love to have Ms Gillard floating around as a dangerous small forward, I think it is safe to say that she will have enough on her agenda in the coming weeks and months. We do however look forward to hosting Julia in the future as our Club continues its campaign into the Finals. We appreciate Julia’s continued support and wish her all the best with what is sure to be a challenging yet exciting period ahead,” Rose said.
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