Early exit polls from Australia’s legislative election voting have indicated a slim advantage for the ruling labor party, versus the opposition liberal conservatives.
It has been a tight race between those led by the country’s first woman prime minister, Julia Gillard.
The Welsh-born 48-year-old entered the top job when she displaced predecessor Kevin Rudd in a leadership challenge two months ago, triggering the snap elections.
Australia’s opposition Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott is a 52-year-old one-time Catholic priest, whose views brought some to nickname him ‘the Mad Monk’ for some of his more conservative views.
Against gay marriage, Abbott also supports tougher immigration laws. He famously dismissed climate change as, quote: “absolute crap”, unquote.
Voting is compulsory for Australia’s electorate of 14 million, out of a population of more than 22 million.
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