Australian Deputy PM stands by Kevin Rudd over mining tax

16:07, June 12, 2010      

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Saturday dismissed calls for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to be replaced if Labor Party was to have a chance of winning the next election.

Gillard made the statement in Brisbane, capital of Queensland state, saying she was not vying to replace Rudd as the prime minister.

Former Queensland state treasurer Keith de Lacy, now chairman of mining company Macarthur Coal, wrote to the Australian newspaper on Saturday saying Prime Minister Rudd had become an " item of ridicule" over the super profits tax, which is opposed by mining industry leaders.

De Lacy said he regretted there was no alternative but to change the leader for someone who cares about Australia and the delectability of the Labor Party.

However, Gillard said, "I don't agree with the view that's been expressed by Mr. de Lacy."

"I've read the newspapers, and the thing that matters is not what's in the pages of the daily newspapers but focusing on making a difference to working families."

She also said people were entitled to their opinions, but it was absurd to suggest she would challenge for the leadership.



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