22 Jun 2013

Newspaper calls for Gillard to stand aside

1:33 pm on 22 June 2013

One of Australia's major newspapers has taken the unusual step of calling for the prime minister, Julia Gillard, to stand aside for the good of the nation.

The editorial in The Age says the debate over Ms Gillard's leadership is preventing the upcoming general election from being a genuine contest.

It suggests the former prime minister, Kevin Rudd, would be a better leader at this point, the ABC reports.

The Age's editor-in-chief, Andrew Holden, says the editorial was published with great reluctance.

Mr Holden, who has only just taken up the job after 10 years as editor of Christchurch newspaper The Press, says usually it is better for the prime minister to be chosen by the people, but the current situation is exceptional.