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Australia's Abbott Not Loved, But Leading

SYDNEY—With the ruling Labor party divided and unable to revive a fading economy, Australia appears ready to return a conservative government to power for the first time in six years.

But as the opposition has struck a major chord with prospective voters, its coalition leader, Tony Abbott, apparently hasn't.

"He's still unpopular; that's the paradox," said Zareh Ghazarian, a Melbourne-based political analyst at Monash University. "It highlights how, in the Australia system, we're looking at the parties rather than the people leading them."

With the economy decelerating as a longtime mining boom cools, the tough-talking Mr. Abbott heads into the ...

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