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Updated: June 24, 2013 13:24 IST

Julia not darling of Australians

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PRESSURE TO GO: Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard, left, arrives at a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan to make a statement to the media after a leadership ballot in Canberra in this March 21, 2013 photo.
AP PRESSURE TO GO: Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard, left, arrives at a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan to make a statement to the media after a leadership ballot in Canberra in this March 21, 2013 photo.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is spending her third anniversary in office resisting pressure from colleagues to open her job to a ballot.

An opinion poll published on Monday suggests the ruling centre-left Labour Party is headed for a devastating defeat at elections set for Sept. 14. Successive polls suggest Labour would be more popular with voters with Ms Gillard’s predecessor Kevin Rudd as leader.

She ousted Mr Rudd in an internal party coup on July 24, 2010. Now many in government want him back.

Ms Gillard says she will neither quit nor put her leadership to a vote of government lawmakers.

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