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Australian PM changes carbon tax ahead of election

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday a deeply unpopular carbon tax will be replaced by a less-severe emissions trading scheme a year ahead of schedule, in a bid to lower power bills for households as a tight national election looms.Full story

Poll shows strong shift to Australian PM Rudd, new ministry named

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd rewarded backers who helped him reclaim power from Julia Gillard with places in the new ministry he announced on Monday, while a new poll showed a strong bounce for his Labor Party before national elections. Full story

New Australian PM Rudd gives struggling government big poll boost

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Support for Australia's embattled Labor government has surged since new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd took charge late last week but it will still struggle to win an election later this year, a major poll published on Sunday showed. Full story

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