As China Boom Fades, Economy Dominates Australia Election

Australians vote in a federal election on Sept. 7 to determine the members of parliament.  Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will attempt to win a third term for the incumbent Labor government against the opposition coalition led by Tony Abbott of the Liberal Party of Australia.

The state of the economy has become the key issue for voters. A decade-long mining boom fueled by demand from China is diminishing, and unemployment is creeping upwards.  As campaigning approaches its final week, …

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