Prime Minister Julia Gillard needs to be told there is no support even within Labor's stronghold seats for her as Prime Minister, former Labor planning minister Alannah MacTiernan says.
Speaking on ABC radio, Ms MacTiernan, who left State politics to run unsuccessfully for the Federal seat of Canning in 2010, said the dislike of Federal Labor was one of the reasons behind Labor's loss in the State election.
"From WA you would plead with Julia Gillard to stand down," Ms MacTiernan said.
"I think really someone should speak to the Prime Minister and say however unfortunate it is, in WA there is no support even in Labor's stronghold seats for her prime ministership."
Ms MacTiernan said that she was being told even by "rusted on" Labor supporter that they would not vote for Labor in the September election.
She said that while, primarily, there were State issues at play in the WA election, the dislike of Labor federally was a background issue.
But Federal Defence Minister Stephen Smith rejected Ms MacTiernan's view.
Speaking on ABC radio, he said her comments were not sensible and intemperate.
Ms Gillard would lead Labor at the September Federal election, he said.
Transposing the State result to the three seats held by Labor in WA, Perth, Brand and Fremantle, all three would be held, he said.There was no wholesale evacuation of the Labor vote, he said.
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