General election for Australia

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called a general election for September 7, six weeks after he toppled former leader Julia Gillard.

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Australia's PM warns of negative election tactics

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned of negative tactics in Australia's imminent general election, adding that he was expecting 'daily personal attacks' in the coming weeks.

Rudd's Labor government could fall with the loss of just one of the 150 seats in parliament.

His government currently holds 71 seats, the opposition 72, with one Green and six independent cross benchers.

Australian PM Rudd sets date for national election

Kevin Rudd announced the election date in an email to supporters. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAP/Press Association Images

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called a general election for September 7, six weeks after he toppled former leader Julia Gillard.

Mr Rudd, who returned to power after being dumped by his centre-left party in June 2010, is expected to lose office despite enjoying a bounce of support after replacing Ms Gillard.

Conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott remains the favourite to win power.

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