Tony Abbott takes the lead in Australia polls

Tony Abbott speaks during its election campaign launch in Brisbane. Credit: DAN PELED/AAP/Press Association Images

Australia is preparing for the polls just months after the first woman Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was ousted by the former leader she herself deposed.

One political analyst has called it the most unusual election campaign in Australian history - with continuous bickering and plotting. And that is just within the Labour Government.

It looks like the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, who was born in Britain, has overtaken Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the opinion polls with the big vote just two days away.

And even within Australian politics Mr Abbott is quite a controversial character, as Tim Ewart explains:

The election campaign has also seen several casualties with gaffes and political mistakes costing two candidates their roles.