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The electorate, worn out by 7 years of labour bickering and worried about the economy, hand the government over to the Business Party.

The elections on 7 September have awarded victory to the Australian centre- right. The first thing that new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the 55-year-old conservative leader, said after election was that the country was “open for business.” A promise the electorate had been looking forward to, jaded as it was by six troubled years with the centreleft Labour government, helmed alternately by Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, whose endless internal squabbles were utterly detrimental to the party’s image. When describing the current Australian situation, Abbott seems to be describing a country in a deep economic crisis. This is not the case.

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