Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has intervened in the running of the New South Wales branch of the ruling Labor party in a bid to stamp out corruption that has hobbled his chances of winning this year’s federal election.
Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister for his second stint in the post, tasked with reviving the ruling Labor party’s prospects in the next election as it trails the opposition in opinion polls.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called a ballot for the leadership of the ruling Labor party for 7 p.m., setting up a third showdown with Kevin Rudd less than three months from an election that polls show she will lose in a landslide.
Australian lawmaker Craig Thomson, whose survival in parliament is crucial to Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s minority government, said police investigating claims of corruption at the union where he used to work raided his home today and seized documents.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard told a lawmaker to quit the Labor party and asked parliament’s speaker to accept a longer suspension to restore respect for politics while the two are under investigation.
Australian lawmaker Craig Thomson, whose survival in parliament is crucial to Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s minority government, dismissed allegations he used a union credit card to pay for prostitutes and said a former colleague had threatened to set him up.
Australian lawmaker Craig Thomson resigned as chair of the House Economics Committee as police indicated they will probe allegations he misused his union credit card to pay prostitutes, an inquiry that could threaten the government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Australia’s opposition is pressing Labor Party lawmaker Craig Thomson to respond to claims he misused his union credit card to pay prostitutes in a scandal that could threaten Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s government.