Crucial week for under-fire Australian PM after 'catastrophic' poll

February 1, 2015 5:59 AM

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Crucial week for under-fire Australian PM after 'catastrophic' poll

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australia's conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott came under renewed leadership pressure on Sunday, a little over a year into office following a voter backlash in a state poll and a slump in his personal approval rating.

Abbott said he was determined to stay on as leader, adding government was "not a popularity contest", but conceded Saturday's rout of the Liberal-National party (LNP) in the Queensland election had delivered a jolt.

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