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Australian election rivals face off in debate


Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has gone head-to-head with challenger Tony Abbott on immigration and the economy in a muted first debate of the country's election campaign.

Rudd, who retook the Australian Labor Party leadership in late June, has repeatedly said he is the underdog in the September 7 national poll against Abbott, the conservative opposition leader.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Christmas Island.  
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