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Gillard remains leader of Labour party

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 01:26

March 21 - Australian Prime Minister suvives to fight another day after no fellow Labor party members step forward to challenger her. Julie Noce reports.

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Crisis diverted for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard - but a messy day in Australian politics It all started at a parlimentary session on Thursday-- after getting pressure from fellow Labor party members to step down as prime minister, Gillard called for a leadership vote. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA JULIA GILLARD, SAYING: "For the information of the house I have determined that there will be a ballot for the leadership and the deputy leadership of the Labor party at 4.30 (0530GMT) today. In the meantime take your best shot." The vote came and went. But the man expected to challenge her, former Australian prime minster Kevin Rudd, said he was in fact NOT going to challenge Gillard. He didn't have enough support. (SOUNDBITE)(English) FORMER AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER KEVIN RUDD, SAYING: "The only circumstances under which I would consider a return to the leadership would be if there was an overwhelming majority of the parliamentary party requesting such a return, drafting me to return, and the position was vacant. I'm here to inform you to inform you that those circumstances do not exist." Gillard replaced Rudd in a party coup in 2010 in a move that angered voters who have never forgiven her for the way she became leader. After retaining her position, she thanked fellow party members. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA JULIA GILLARD, SAYING: I'm grateful to my colleagues for their continuing support of me as was just demonstrated in our labor party meeting. i accept their continuing support of me as pm and labor leader with a sense of deep humility and a sense of resolve. Although Gillard was re-elected Thursday unopposed, polical analysts say deep tensions within the party coupled with conservative opposition will make a win in Septembers general election quite difficult.

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Gillard remains leader of Labour party

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 01:26