Sept. 7 - Coalition leader Tony Abbott casts his vote in Australia's federal election. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration).
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott cast his vote early on Saturday (September 7) in a federal election, that he hopes will end six years of government by Kevin Rudd's Labor party and make him prime minister. After nearly five weeks of intense campaigning the country decides who will form the government for the next three years. Abbott, leader of the coalition, told a reporter in Sydney that the new prime minister has to be there for everyone. "The best leaders are leaders who reach out to everyone and appreciate. If you are prime minister of a country you have to be a prime minister for everyone," he said. Opinion polls throughout the campaign point to a comfortable victory for the Liberal National Coalition, ending a tumultuous six years in power for the Australian Labor Party. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Abbott have argued over how to tackle Australia's budget deficit and both have pledged to stop asylum seekers arriving by boat. Rudd returned as Prime Minister after challenging Julia Gillard in June and the party initially enjoyed a boost in the polls, an improvement that has slipped away as the election neared. Voting is compulsory for more than 14 million people over the age of 18. Polls opened at 8am (2200GMT) and close at 6pm (0800GMT).
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