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Tight race in Australia election
Initial vote count suggests neck-and-neck race, raising possibility of hung parliament.
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2010 08:52 GMT

Australia's 14 million voters have cast their ballots in what is becoming a cliffhanger parliamentary election.

The major parties are headed by two relatively untested leaders - Julia Gillard, the country's first woman prime minister, and Tony Abbott, a conservative challenger.

Early ballot counts have suggested a neck-and-neck race, raising the possibility of the first hung parliament in 70 years.

Al Jazeera's Dan Nolan reports.

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