Early exit polls report opposition romping to victory in Australia
SYDNEY (AFP) - Early exit polls taken in Australia's national election on Saturday showed the Tony Abbott-led conservative opposition romping to victory over Mr Kevin Rudd's Labor Party.
A Sky News exit poll released before voting was to end at 6pm predicted that the Liberal/Nationals would gain a massive 25 seats to sweep 97 of the 150 seats in the Lower House of Representatives.
The survey, carried out by Newspoll, forecast Labor would lose 21, to be left with just 51. The independents would have two seats.
On a two-party basis, the coalition would take 53 per cent of the vote to Labour's 47 per cent.