by MAMAMIA TEAM
1. As Australians take to the polls to vote in today’s Federal election, Fairfax media has released the final Nielson poll, which suggests that 54% of Australian’s will vote for Tony Abbott and the Coalition. Other polls suggest the same result, with the Galaxy poll stating 53% – 47% and the Morgan poll revealing a 53.5% swing to the Coalition as opposed to Labor’s 46.5%.
2. Speaking to SkyNews yesterday, former Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke has revealed he believes the Labor party “underrated” Tony Abbott. In an interview with David Speers, Mr. Hawke said Abbott had “shown considerable discipline in this campaign. I think there was the hope that there would be some big Tony gaffes, and so he remains in a strong position.” The former Prime Minister also commented on the ousting of Julia Gillard earlier this year, saying, “history will be kind” to Australia’s first female Prime Minister.
3. John Tomic, the father of successful Australian tennis player Bernard, has been found guilty of assaulting French tennis player Thomas Drouet outside a Spanish hotel in May this year. Mr Tomic, who head-butted his son’s practice partner, has been suspended from all tennis tournaments for 8 months, after being revoked from an 8-month jail sentence due to good behaviour.