Australia’s parliamentary speaker, Peter Slipper, stepped aside after allegations of sexual harassment and expenses fraud, weakening Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s grip on power and ability to pass legislation.
Australia’s government, facing an election next year, scrapped a planned cut in company taxes to fund payouts for low- and middle-income earners in its budget as Prime Minister Julia Gillard attempts to counter a slide in opinion polls.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, beset by political scandals and near-record low polls, will seek to win back disgruntled voters by delivering a federal budget tomorrow that ends four years of deficits.
Australia’s opposition leader, Tony Abbott, accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s minority government of trying to strengthen its control of parliament as a member of her Labor Party quit as speaker of the lower house.
Support for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Labor party fell to a near-record low in an opinion poll today as lawmaker scandals overshadow government plans to deliver the federal budget next week.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard plans to end four years of deficits in her government’s annual budget today, seeking to reverse a slide in opinion polls and strengthen its economic credentials.