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Senior Australian minister calls for leadership vote

The Australian government plunged into crisis Thursday with a senior cabinet minister openly calling for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to hold a leadership ballot. Gillard lags badly in opinion polls just six months out from national elections and rampant leadership speculation has destabilised the Labor party further, with former leader Kevin Rudd waiting in the wings. Senior frontbencher Simon Crean, a former Labor leader and party elder, said the "stalemate has to end" to prevent the party from imploding and sided with Rudd.

Australian PM Gillard survives leadership showdown

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stared down a leadership crisis on Thursday and ensured she will lead the government into a September 14 election after she called a surprise leadership vote over her chief rival Kevin Rudd. Gillard stamped her authority on the governing Labour Party by being re-elected unopposed after Rudd conceded he did not have the numbers to topple her. Treasurer Wayne Swan was re-elected unopposed as deputy prime minister.

Disunity killing Australia's ruling Labor party: minister

A senior Australian cabinet minister on Thursday said disunity was "killing" Prime Minister Julia Gillard's ruling Labor party as speculation persisted that she could be toppled. Gillard is badly lagging in opinion polls just six months out from national elections and rampant leadership talk this week has destabilised the party further, with former leader Kevin Rudd reportedly waiting in the wings. Senior frontbencher Simon Crean, another former Labor leader, said the "stalemate has to end" to prevent the party from imploding.

Australian leadership speculation mounts

A key Australian government figure Wednesday confirmed pre-election unrest within the Labor Party over Prime Minister Julia Gillard's leadership, but said there was no ballot likely against her yet. Speculation intensified that Gillard could be toppled by her party after a report said former prime minister Kevin Rudd was only five votes away from victory. The Australian Financial Review said Gillard, the nation's first woman leader, was lagging so badly in opinion polls that even her more strident supporters doubted she could win the September 14 national election.

Australian leadership speculation mounts

Speculation intensified Wednesday that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard could be toppled by her party within days, with one report saying ex-leader Kevin Rudd was five votes from victory. The Australian Financial Review said Gillard, the nation's first woman leader, was lagging so badly in opinion polls that even her more strident supporters doubted she could win the September 14 national election.

Flailing Australian PM vows to battle on

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard vowed Monday not to buckle after a fresh poll showed her badly lagging in an election year, insisting she was "a hard bastard" who could take the pressure. Centre-left Labor leader Gillard has called an election for September 14 but would be routed by conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott if the vote was held today, the poll showed.

Australia PM warns on Aboriginal 'rivers of grog'

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned Wednesday that "rivers of grog" were beginning to flow again in Aboriginal communities as she unveiled a mixed report on tackling indigenous disadvantage. Gillard took aim at local governments rolling back strict alcohol bans on Aborigines in the nation's fifth annual "Closing the Gap" address on improving indigenous welfare, employment and education.

Australia's Labor heading for defeat: polls

Australia's ruling Labor party is heading for a massive defeat in elections this year, according to polls Monday, as ministers took to the airwaves to insist a win was still possible. In the first national poll since Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week announced an election would be held on September 14, Labor has slumped further behind the conservative opposition. A Newspoll for The Australian newspaper showed Labor's single party support plunged six points to 32 percent, while the opposition strengthened four percentage points to 48 percent, in the past three weeks.

Australian PM says she's "not done yet"

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard rallied her Labor party Sunday, saying her government was "not done yet" despite a turbulent week in which two of her most senior ministers resigned. Gillard, who is struggling in opinion polls, last week announced that the next election will be on September 14, a surprising tactic in Australia where poll dates are usually announced only weeks in advance. Addressing Labor candidates in Canberra, the prime minister said she was committed to creating jobs and improving opportunities and it was important that voters heard this message.

Australian PM Gillard reshuffles cabinet ahead of poll

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Saturday denied that her government was in chaos, after the resignation of two of her most senior ministers prompted a cabinet reshuffle ahead of a national election. Saturday's announcement that the two ministers had quit came only three days after the Labor leader said elections would be held in September, an unusual step in Australia where polls are usually only called a few weeks in advance.
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