Australia Politics

February 24, 2012 - 12:15 AM
Former Australian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, left, speaks to the media, with his wife Therese Rein, right, during a press conference after his arrival at the airport in Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. Prime Minister Julia Gillard put her job on the line Thursday, announcing a leadership ballot in hopes of quashing a comeback by Rudd, the colleague she ousted in a Labor Party coup nearly two years ago. The vote by party lawmakers, scheduled for Monday, is an effort by Gillard to knock down a power struggle that has been percolating for weeks, and that spilled over onto the world stage Wednesday when Rudd resigned as foreign minister during an official trip to the U.S. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)