Polls open in Australia's elections
- Published: 7 Sep 2013 at 05.49
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Australians began voting in national elections Saturday with conservative challenger Tony Abbott heading for a thumping victory over Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Portriats of the election contestants are seen in front of a pre-poll voting centre in Sydney, on September 6, 2013.
Polls opened at 8:00 am (2200 GMT) with some 14.7 million electors taking part in a mandatory ballot across the huge country, with last-minute opinion polls showing Abbott on track for a landslide win.
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