Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard survived as Labor leader today and called on the governing party to unite before elections in six months, after predecessor Kevin Rudd declined to challenge her in a ballot.
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.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard slipped behind opposition rival Tony Abbott as Australia’s preferred leader for the first time since August after her credibility was dented when a mining tax she helped design brought in less revenue than forecast.
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, who last week announced an election on Sept. 14, has seen support for her ruling Labor party slump as a scandal involving a former Labor lawmaker and the resignation of senior ministers dent her government’s credibility.
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.