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Australia PM plays down marathon campaign fears

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard Thursday told Australians to "relax" after giving them eight months' notice of elections, insisting they will not be put through a marathon, bitter campaign. 

Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard is shown at Parliament House in Canberra on June 14, 2011. Gillard Thursday told Australians to "relax" after giving them eight months' notice of elections, insisting they will not be put through a marathon, bitter campaign.

Gillard made the shock call on Wednesday that national elections would be held on September 14, breaking from the tradition of revealing the date only a few weeks in advance.

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