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Divisions renewed in Australia's fractured ruling party

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An ex-Australian minister behind last month's failed coup against Julia Gillard accused the Prime Minister of being divisive and media-driven, in an interview published on Saturday, reviving ruling party tensions. 

Simon Crean, then Australia's senior cabinet minister, speaks at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, on March 21, 2013. Crean accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard of being divisive and media-driven, in an interview published on Saturday, reviving ruling party tensions.

Former arts minister Simon Crean, a veteran and past leader of the Labor party, condemned Gillard as having a "real tin ear" on political strategy in a damning break with earlier vows of unity following the March machinations.

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