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AUG 25, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Australian opposition launches election campaign

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Opposition leader Tony Abbott, a strong favorite to become Australian prime minister in national elections next month, officially launched his conservative coalition's campaign Sunday with a speech that offered few clues to how his spending promises would be paid for. The election comes as economic conditions worsen in Australia, where tax revenues have retreated with the cooling of a mining boom that kept the resource-rich nation out of recession during the global economic crisis. The 55-year-old former Roman Catholic seminarian and Rhodes scholar urged voters ... Read More

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