Australia's Labor lawmaker says party has lost
CANBERRA (AP) - A senior lawmaker in Australia's ruling Labor Party said her party had lost the national election on Saturday, backing analysts and exit polls, and signaling a sweeping victory for the conservative opposition was all but certain.
A victory for the Liberal Party-led coalition would come despite an apparent lack of overwhelming enthusiasm for opposition leader Tony Abbott, and would mean an end to six years of rule by the center-left Labor Party, which has been marred by relentless infighting that left the public frustrated and disillusioned.
The party has also struggled to win over voters angered by a deeply unpopular tax on carbon emissions that many blame for steep increases in power bills.
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television that after 13 per cent of the votes had been counted, her government's loss was no longer in doubt.