Immigration issues dominates first Australian leaders' debate (2)

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Abbott responded, saying East Timor does not want to host the processing hub.

"There will never be a center in East Timor, never, just never, " he said. "This is nothing but a pre-election fudge."

On climate change, Gillard indicated she would only bring in a price on carbon if the coalition agreed to it.

Previously, she has referred to the need for community consensus, but in the leaders' debate she focused on the need for bipartisanship. The coalition opposed a carbon price.

Gillard won the leaders' debate by a narrow margin, according to the Seven Network's "Polliegraph" monitoring the audience's reaction.

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) won 53 percent of the vote ahead of the coalition during the one-hour debate.

Australian Associated Press also said it is unlikely there will be any further leaders' debates before the election, despite Abbott in his closing remarks again challenging Gillard to two more debates.

Source: Xinhua
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