Australia

Labor retain power but Liberals largest party in ACT


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The Liberals achieved a 6.4% swing towards them in Saturday’s Australian Capital Territory (ACT) beating Labor to the top spot.

The Liberals have won eight of the 17 seats in the legislative assembly, two seats up on their 2008 tally whilst Labor remained on seven seats. The Greens dropped two seats and now stand on two seats.

Labor and the Greens are expected to form a coalition government, keeping the Liberals out of power.

Elsewhere Federal Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has improved her poll ratings following a speech accusing the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, of being a sexist and misogynist. A Herald/Nielson poll puts her approval rating at 45%, an increase of five percentage points on the last poll.

The same poll revealed that 45% of women and 38% of men think that Abbott is a sexist.

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