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Tony Abbott sweeps into power in Australian elections

Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 01:42

Sept.8 - Conservative leader Tony Abbott wins a landslide election victory in Australia's federal election, defeating the Labor party for the first time in six years. Sarah Toms reports

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Liberal National coalition leader Tony Abbott started his new day as Australia's prime minister elect just like any other -- riding his bike near his Forestville home. (UPSOT) Abbot swept into office on Saturday curshing the governing Labor party in a federal election that ended six year's of Labor power. His coalition won 88 seats to Labor's 57 in the 150 seat parliament. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INCOMING PRIME MINISTER, TONY ABBOTT, SAYING: "I now look forward to forming a government that is competent, that is trustworthy and which purposefully and steadfastly and methodically sets about delivering on our commitments to you, the Australian people." Outgoing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd admitted defeat and said he would not stand again for the Labor leadership. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, KEVIN RUDD, SAYING: "Geez, I thought we'd lost. (Crowd laughing)".. "I know that Labor hearts are heavy across the nation tonight. And as your prime minister and as your parliamentary leader of the great Australian Labor party, I accept responsibility. I gave it my all, but it was not enough for us to win." Australian voters may have voted for Abbott's policies of lower taxes and a smaller government. But analysts say it was Labor's political divisions that made this an election lost by the government, rather than won by the opposition.

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Tony Abbott sweeps into power in Australian elections

Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 01:42