Australians have voted for change, kicking out Labor after six years in office, and electing Tony Abbot and the Liberal Coalition Party. Kevin Rudd, the Labor leader, has conceded the election and said he will not stand again. He said Labor "fought a good fight", but it was not enough.
Labor leader Kevin Rudd was ousted as leader of Labor by Julian Gillard who then spectaculary suffered the same fate weeks ago. Kevin Rudd may have been the popular choice of Labor but he was obviously not the people's choice. Labor's defeat could be down to a mixture of the in out shenanigans of Rudd and Gillard, economic woes, debt or just a swing away from left of centre politics in Oz.
Either way their loss is Abbot's gain. To the victor the spoils, and Abbot said in his victory speech "I can inform you that the government of Australia has changed. For just the seventh time in 60 years the government of Australia has changed. "I declare that Australia is under new management and is once again open for business. I now look forward to forming a government that is competent, that is trustworthy, and which purposely and steadfastly and methodically set about delivering on our commitments." -- SkyNews
Has Australia changed for the better? Time will tell. Abbot faces many of the same problems other western governments have failed to resolve. Economic woes and the effects of climate change dog Australia.
Abbot was born in England and during his election campaign was sometimes accompanied by his two glamorous daughters. Neither would look out of place in the late Robert Plant's Addicted to Love video.He was joined by his family on stage following his election victory and they made an attractive group.
Still it is about politicis, not the glitz, and the tough challenges facing the new leader, not least the Syrian crisis.
World leaders call newly elected Presidents and Prime Ministers to offer congratulations. US President Obama may be one of the first, unless he knows Abbot's stance on military strikes against Syria.