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Australian PM to beef up campaign

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard said she is changing her campaign strategy after polls showed her government's popularity fell as early voting begins for general elections.

Ms Gillard conceded that the first two weeks of her campaign consisted of mostly stage-managed events focused on avoiding gaffes, though she accused opposition leader Tony Abbott of doing the same.

Ms Gillard told Nine Network television that she is "determined to make Australians hear directly from me about what I'm fighting for".

The strategy shift came after Labour lost the surge in popularity that followed her ousting of former prime minister Kevin Rudd in an internal leadership ballot on June 24.

Booths opened on Monday for electors who will not be able to cast their votes on August 21.


From Belfast Telegraph