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For more insight on the change of leadership in Australia, we have Professor Tao Wenzhao of the Tsinghua Center for China-US Relations. Welcome, Professor Tao.
Q1: Kevin Rudd had rode high in opinion polls as one of the most popular Australian prime ministers of modern times. But he's turned out to be the shortest-serving one since 1972. How did that happen?
Q2: As you mentioned just now, Rudd lost ground over recent decisions to shelve a carbon-reduction scheme. Now with Julia Gillard in charge, will the country go back on its commitment to reducing carbon emissions?
Q3: Rudd had led the Labour party to victory in 2007, after 11 years in opposition. Labour is trying to avoid defeat in elections later this year by changing leaders. Will this work?
Q4: Do you think the change of leadership will bring any major change in policy direction?
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