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In pictures: Australia's election

Labor's Kevin Rudd (L) and Liberal leader John Howard, 24 Nov 2007

Australia's general election, which Labor has won, was characterised by a clash of styles between the two main rivals Kevin Rudd (L) and John Howard.

John Howard walks along Sydney harbour, 24 Nov 2007

Throughout the campaign, political veteran Mr Howard robustly defended his record after 11 years in power, particularly his economic policies.

John Howard at a Sydney hotel, 24 Nov 2007

But his Liberal-National coalition trailed Labor consistently in opinion polls, and soon after polling stations closed he was forced to accept defeat.

Maxine McKew in Sydney, 24 Nov 2007

The outgoing prime minister still faces a double blow, with his Bennelong seat hanging in the balance after a spirited campaign by former TV journalist Maxine McKew.

Kevin Rudd at a polling booth in Brisbane, 24 Nov 2007

By contrast, Mr Rudd's seat in Queensland's capital, Brisbane, is safe - as is his status as prime minister-elect.

Kevin Rudd making his victory speech in Brisbane, 24 Nov 2007

The Mandarin-speaking former diplomat, who has been Labor leader for less than one year, promised to forge a "new consensus".

Voters at Algester Primary School in Oxley, ACT, 24 Nov 2007

Participation in elections in Australia is compulsory, and 13.5 million people were expected to cast their ballots.

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