Australian Opposition Leader Challenges Prime Minister

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The leader of the coalition, Tony Abbott continued campaigning in western Sydney on Monday as the Labor party officially launched their campaign in Brisbane.

Abbot refuted promises made earlier in the day by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who's re-election bid centers on economic resilience.

[Tony Abbott, Coalition Leader]:
"Big promises before the election, broken promises after the election and I say to the people of Western Sydney, don't be conned again."

The conservative opposition leader also emphasized the unity of his party, in comparison to the perceived disharmony in the Labor camp.

[Tony Abbott, Coalition Leader]:
"Isn't it great to lead a united political party, with a deputy I can trust, a predecessor who is a friend and a former prime minster who is a hero."

Abbot has pledged many spending cuts, including axing the current government's plans for a future carbon trading scheme to fight climate change.

Opinion polls indicate he is narrowly trailing Gillard's center-left party.

The election is expected to be the closest in decades.

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