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Abbott’s Coalition Trails Labor Amid Indonesia Spat, Poll Shows

Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National government’s poll ratings slipped behind the opposition as a diplomatic row with Indonesia threatens efforts to curb the number of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat.

The coalition trails Labor 52 percent to 48 percent on a two-party preferred measure, according to the first Fairfax Nielsen poll since the Sept. 7 election. It’s the quickest lead achieved by any opposition after losing an election, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, which published the poll.