Beleaguered Aussie PM to work on 1st anniversary

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 12:44 AM
Beleaguered Aussie PM to work on 1st anniversary

A year after becoming Australia's first woman prime minister, Julia Gillard finds herself weighed down in opinion polls by an unpopular greenhouse gas tax policy and lingering anger over how she overthrew her predecessor.

The beleaguered leader is expected to keep Friday's one-year anniversary low-key since it revives bitter memories for many about how she overthrew Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in a sudden internal government coup last July 24.

Asked about celebration plans, Gillard told reporters on Thursday that she planned to work.

The anniversary comes as the ruling Labor Party under Gillard fares worse in opinion polls than it had in the weeks before party powerbrokers decided to dump Rudd in favor of Gillard, then his deputy.