Australians would pay a higher public health levy to help finance a new program to aid the disabled, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said as she seeks support for a key pledge less than five months ahead of an election.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s tax on iron ore and coal profits raised A$126 million ($130 million) in its first six months, trailing targets and denting her economic credibility seven months before a federal election.
Australia’s governing Labor party recorded its best polling performance in six months as Prime Minister Julia Gillard seeks to overcome public opposition to her carbon tax and stave off a leadership challenge.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard called a ballot for the leadership of the Labor party after a senior member of her government said it can’t win elections due in six months from its current position in opinion polls.
Australians will weigh the ruling Labor Party’s record of preserving economic growth against opposition attacks on its trustworthiness and competence in an election that polls call so close no party may win a majority.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Labor government narrowed the gap with the opposition six months ahead of a federal election, easing pressure on her after the party was defeated in a state vote.