Australia’s lower house passed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon plan today as she struggles to rebound from record-low public support and win backing for a more closely contested vote on immigration policy.
The Liberal-National Coalition prepared to form government in Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, for the first time in 11 years after the Labor Party led by John Brumby lost seats in an election two days ago.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and predecessor Kevin Rudd face off in a leadership contest today, with the victor needing to revive the Labor party’s lagging ratings before elections due in 2013.
Australia’s former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is twice as popular with voters as incumbent Julia Gillard six months ahead of an election, according to an opinion poll that may stir more talk of a leadership challenge.
Tony Windsor , one of three independents who will decide who leads Australia, said he’ll return to his electorate at the weekend to chose whether Prime Minister Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott should form a government.