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Tonight Australia should get a new government.

I will pop up an Aussie election post later on so we can discuss results. Meanwhile the last polls before polling day have proved dire for the ALP and Kevin Rudd.

Australians are preparing to sweep aside six years of Labor rule, installing Tony Abbott as the country’s 28th prime minister in an electoral verdict leaving no room for doubt.

A swing of 4 per cent against Kevin Rudd’s government threatens to strip the ALP of future stars as voters cast a harsh judgment on the party’s internal divisions.

A poll shows electors will turn their backs on big-picture policies to price carbon, tax big miners, and build a first-class national broadband network, in favour of the smaller horizons of reduced debt, smaller government, and a new domestic-first focus.

The latest Age/Nielsen survey suggests 54 per cent of the nation’s 14.7 million electors are embracing the Coalition.

Labor’s primary vote has slumped to 33 per cent, with the Coalition on 46 per cent.

Primary support for Labor, and Mr Rudd’s own popularity, are now as low or lower than they were in June 2010, suggesting the party that has twice changed prime ministers and torn itself apart in the search for votes is back where it started.

Mr Abbott has maintained his 7-point lead as the more trusted of the two leaders.

Other polls also point to a Coalition victory, but a slightly closer result. The final Morgan poll found the Coalition ahead after preferences by 53.5 per cent to 46.5 per cent, the Galaxy poll put it at 53-47, and the Essential poll found the Coalition leading 52-48.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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