Gillard: 'Leadership settled' as Rudd shuns vote
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared the Labor party leadership conclusively settled, after Kevin Rudd shunned a party vote.
Ms Gillard called the ballot after a senior MP said the debate over who should lead Labor into September's general election had to be resolved.
But Mr Rudd, ousted by Ms Gillard in 2010, declined to challenge her.
The former prime minister said he did not have enough support.
"I believe in honouring my word," he said in reference to an earlier pledge not to challenge Ms Gillard.....Read more