Australian Prime minister Kevin Rudd has called for an election on September 7th. The head of the centre-left party faces stiff competition from conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott. The economy, asylum seekers and climate change will be among the key issues during the race. The anticipated announcement comes at a time when both labour and liberals have announced tough new policies on asylum seekers who come to Australia by boat. The policies adopted by both parties will see refugees resettled in Papua New Guinea. This has drawn nationwide condemnation and also sharp criticism from human rights and refugee advocates and unions.