Tough first year raises doubts Australian PM will last full term

December 1, 2014 6:35 AM

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Tough first year raises doubts Australian PM will last full term

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is nearing the end of his first full year in office hobbled by missteps and a souring economy that have plunged his approval ratings to historic lows, increasing speculation he may not survive to a second term.

Faced with a collapse in commodities prices and an unruly upper house Senate that has held Abbott's first budget hostage since May, voters have abandoned his conservative government more quickly than any other in three decades.

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