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Australia’s Labor Party Trails Opposition on Climate, Poll Shows

October 10, 2011

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Australia’s opposition Liberal- National coalition leads Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Labor government for the first time in a Newspoll survey as the party judged better able to fight climate change.

Support for the Labor Party on climate change fell to 28 percent, while backing for the coalition rose to 31 percent, according to the survey published today in the Australian newspaper. The opposition also holds the lead on the issue of processing asylum-seekers, with support at 44 percent, compared with 17 percent for Labor, the poll shows.

Australia’s parliament this week is due to vote on the prime minister’s plan to introduce the country’s first tax on greenhouse gas emissions to reduce its reliance on coal, as well as proposed legislation on handling of asylum-seekers.

Gillard continues to trail Tony Abbott as the preferred prime minister, with support at 35 percent, compared with the opposition leader’s 40 percent, according to the poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points and was conducted Oct. 7 through Oct. 9. Backing for Labor increased to 29 percent from 26 percent, while the coalition’s support climbed to 49 percent from 48 percent.

--Editors: Malcolm Scott, Edward Johnson

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