|Voters fill in their ballots at a polling station in Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 7, 2013. Australia held parliamentary election on Saturday. (Xinhua/Bai Xue)
CANBERRA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Australian federal election on Saturday has become a game of no surprise. Hours before the closing of the booths at 6 p.m. local time, Sky News/Newspoll exit poll predicted that the Coalition is heading for a landslide victory and leader Tony Abbott is to become prime minister of the country.
The exit poll showed that the Coalition will gain 25 more seats to a total of 97 seats in the House of Oppositions while Labor is expected to lose 21 seats to 51 seats.
The two-party preferred result, based on marginal seats in New South Wales and Queensland, gave the Coalition 53 percent of the vote against Labor's 47 percent.
Almost every opinion polls before the polling day indicated that the Liberal-National Coalition will achieve a big win. The latest Newspoll conducted for The Australian newspaper predicts Abbott is on course for a win of 40-seat majority over his rival, Labor leader and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The poll published in The Australian newspaper on Saturday showed the Coalition with 46 percent primary vote support compared to Labor's 33 percent, the Australian Greens' nine percent and others' 12 percent.
Australians begin voting for parliamentary elections
CANBERRA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Voting booths opened at 8 a.m. local time on Saturday in the eastern states of Australia for voters to decide which party will lead the country in the next three years.
Figures from the Australian Election Commission (AEC) showed that some 14.7 million Australian voters will go to nearly 8,000 voting stations across the country to cast their ballots. In fact, before the opening of the voting booths, there have already been about 3 million votes coming from all over the world. Full story
News Analysis: Australians set to vote as Labor trails in opinion poll
CANBERRA, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- As Australia enters the final days of its federal election campaign, the major parties are pitching for every last vote before Saturday's polling day.
But opinion polls indicate a sound defeat for Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, despite gross domestic product (GDP) growing by 0.6 percent in the March quarter, slightly higher than the 0.5 percent most economists had predicted. It takes the annual GDP growth rate to 2.6 percent for the year, defying speculation of a much deeper slowdown.Full story
Australian opposition releases costing figures if elected
CANBERRA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Australian opposition on Thursday released the costing figures if elected, two days before the polling day.
The costing figures were released by Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb.Full story
Australian PM fails to lift Labor support in Queensland: poll
BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has failed to lift Labor support in his home state Queensland since his return to the party's leadership in June, according to a new Nielsen poll published on Tuesday by Fairfax Media.
The poll results show Labor's primary vote is languishing at 31 percent while primary support for the Coalition in Queensland is down at 45 percent.Full story
Backgrounder: Figures of Australian 2013 federal election
Backgrounder: Profiles on Australia's major parties
Backgrounder: Leaders of major political parties in Australia