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‘Game of Thrones’ Looms in Australia as Abbott Fights for Job

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott following a news conference in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 6, 2015.

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott following a news conference in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 6, 2015.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he’s confident of defeating a challenge to his leadership next week as he seeks to quell disunity in his party amid a slump in opinion polls.

Appearing together at a media conference in Queensland state on Saturday, Abbott and his deputy Julie Bishop said they will try to quash the so-called spill motion when their Liberal Party meets in Canberra on Feb. 10. Under party rules, a leadership ballot can go ahead if more than half of the 102 lawmakers back the motion; nobody has yet said they will challenge Abbott for his job.