CANBERRA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Kevin Rudd concedes Labor's defeat in the Australian federal election at an after-election function in Brisbane on Saturday.
Before the announcement, the exit polls of Sky News pointed to a clear win for Tony Abbott's Liberal-National Coalition.
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