No comment: Justine Elliot on Gillard’s future as PM
RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot is remaining tight lipped amid massive speculation that Prime Minister Julia Gillard will step down as Labor leader before the Federal Election.
Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop asked the question during parliamentary question time on Tuesday, whether Ms Gillard would confirm media reports that she has been approached by the Foreign Minister Bob Carr to quit her job for the good of the party.
Ms Gillard said the reports were "entirely untrue."
Yesterday, ABC journalist Barrie Cassidy added fuel to the speculation when he said that significant support had shifted against Prime Minister Gillard, with "little chance she will lead Labor to the next election,."
Labor could see a swing of up to 7% in key marginal seats if the party dumps Prime Minister Julia Gillard for Kevin Rudd in the lead up to the election, commentators have said.
A poll released by Fairfax Media yesterday showed the swing of nearly 7% could be achieved in all-important marginal seats in western Sydney.
However, Mrs Elliot's media spokesman said she would not comment on speculation that Ms Gillard will get a tap on the shoulder to step down.
"Julia is our prime minister," he said.
Who will you be voting for at the September Federal Election?
This poll ended on 12 June 2013.
Matthew Fraser, Nationals
Dr Phil Allen, Palmer United Party
Dawn Walker, the Greens
Justine Elliot, Labor
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.