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Who is Kevin Rudd?

Australia's newly elected prime minister concentrated on policy rather than vision while campaigning. But in office he may yet usher in a new Australia

Throughout 2007, Australian political commentators argued that the election was Labor’s to lose. And despite a last-minute charge from John Howard’s governing Liberal party, Labor swept into power with a landslide victory, claiming 53 per cent of the vote and a majority of more than 20 seats in the 150-seat parliament. The win ends 11 years of Liberal-conservative rule and heralds a new era in Australian politics. But it has also disrupted the conventional antipodean political wisdom.

A strong economy with low unemployment should have augured well for a fifth Howard term. Labor’s victory has much to do with prime…

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