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Australia vote set for Sept. 7; PM runs on economy

August 4, 2013 • Business


Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaks during a press conference at the Parliament House in Canberra, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Prime Minister Rudd called an election on Sept. 7 and said Sunday that it will be fought over who can be trusted to manage the Australian economy as it transitions from a decade-old mining boom fed by Chinese industrial demand that is now fading.(AP Photo/AAP, Lukas Coch) AUSTRALIA OUT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called an election for Sept. 7 that he said will be fought over who can be trusted to manage the Australian economy as it transitions from a decade-old mining boom that is now fading.

In starting the five-week election campaign, Rudd said the economy can no longer rely on Chinese demand for iron ore and coal that made the country one of the few wealthy nations to avoid a recession during the global economic downturn.

“Who do the Australian people trust to best lead them through the new economic challenges that lie ahead?” Rudd asked at a news conference Sunday at Parliament House.

Rudd conceded that his center-left Labor Party was the underdog, saying his advisers had told him that if the election had been held this weekend, his government would have lost.

But opinion polls also show that more voters prefer Rudd, a 55-year-old Chinese-speaking Login to read more

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