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Australian PM under pressure on tax

06-12-2010 10:19 BJT

CANBERRA, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was under pressure to settle his government's highly controversial resource profits tax, local media reported on Saturday.

The pressure came as Labor figures have called for Rudd's removal, and a new poll showed support for the party in Western Australia slumping to all-time lows.


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Former Queensland Labor treasurer Keith De Lacy has urged federal Member of Parliaments to ditch Rudd before the next election or face electoral oblivion.

"Labor now runs the risk of being out of power for a generation. I regret to say there is no alternative but to change the leader," De Lacy, now a coal mining executive, wrote in the Weekend Australian on Saturday.

Former party power broker Graham Richardson has added to the pressure, saying Rudd must settle the ongoing row with resource firms within a fortnight to stand a chance of being re-elected, and said the party has been "bleeding votes".

The prime minister's handling of the issue was even being brought into question by his brother, the Weekend Australian said.

Greg Rudd wrote in an article published by the newspaper that it was hard to say whether the prime minister has made the country a better place because of the "smoky haze of self-lit spot fires of distraction".

A new poll due to be published in Western Australia on Saturday reportedly showed that Labor's primary vote in the state has slumped to 26 percent, its lowest level ever, Weekend Australian said.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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