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Australian Elections Called for Next Month

Via the BBC:  Australian PM Kevin Rudd calls election for 7 September

Rudd became Prime Minister in June when he defeated the previous PM, Julia Gillard in a leadership fight.

The analysis at the piece suggests the opposition Conservatives are the favorites going into the election:

Kevin Rudd didn’t have to call the election so soon. Constitutionally, the deadline for doing so was not for a few more months. But right now the Prime Minister clearly feels he has some momentum so the sooner the better.

Coverage from the ABC:  Federal Election 2013.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. Andre Kenji says:

    Kevin Rudd ousted Gillard precisely because polls did show that she had no chance at all of defeating Abbott, the Conservative Leader.

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  2. Thereby scheduling the election one week earlier than it had originally been called for, and atoning for a major slap at the Jewish community by Gillard.

    The polls have this election far, far closer than was the case when Gillard was still PM. She was leading the Labor Party to a possibly historic landslide defeat. Now it is competitive and, even if Labor loses, it is quite likely the Senate will continue to have no majority, with Greens holding the balance.

    Note: The opposition is conservative with a small c, but Liberal with a capital L. Technically, it is the Coalition (of Liberals and other center-right parties, mainly National).

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