18 Jul '11, 4am

Australian PM vows to push on as support plunges: SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard vowed to stand...

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard vowed to stand firm on her controversial carbon tax plans Monday despite the first poll since the levy was announced showing support for her Labour party plunging. Gillard unveiled a tax on the nation's top 500 polluters a week ago in a bid to reduce carbon emissions blamed for global warming, starting July 1 next year. But it has only intensified the unpopularity of the country's first female leader with support for her and the government at record lows in a new Nielsen poll published in the Sydney Morning Herald. The poll of 1,400 voters has the conservative opposition leading 61 per cent to 39 per cent in a head-to-head race - an 11-point swing against the government since Gillard wrested power last August by ousting Kevin Rudd. Labour's primary, or first preference, vote, taking into account all parties, stands at just 26...

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