Australia Politics

March 20, 2013 - 11:28 PM
FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 file photo, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard holds a press conference after winning a leadership challenge in Canberra, Australia. Speculation is intensifying that Gillard will soon face a leadership challenge in the face of opinion polls that suggest her government is headed for a crushing defeat at elections this year. Center-left Labor Party government lawmakers on Wednesday, March 29, 2013 publically stood by their beleaguered leader. But The Australian Financial Review newspaper reported three unnamed senior Gillard backers saying support among government ranks for her predecessor Kevin Rudd was growing. (AP Photo/Andrew Taylor, File)