Conservatives poised to win Australian votes

Australians go to the polls on Saturday for an election that is likely to see a new government elected.

    Australians go to the polls on Saturday for an election that is likely to see a new government elected.

    Opinion polls suggest victory for the right-of-centre coalition led by Tony Abbott, which favours tough border controls, lower taxes and a smaller government.

    Rival Labor party seems to have lost many voters to Abbot's Liberal-National party due to squabbling within the team.

    Kevin Rudd ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard from the ruling party in June.

    The move reinvigorated the campaign, but as Labour infighting continued more voters swung to Abbot's coalition.

    The 55-year-old conservative Abbott has never been very popular nationally.

    His Liberal Party colleagues elected him their leader by just a single vote in 2009.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Sydney.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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