CANBERRA, Australia – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has made his final major campaign pitch to revive his Labor Party's chances at elections this week, promising tax breaks for small businesses and more work for local contractors on infrastructure projects if his government is re-elected.
Rudd officially launched his center-left party's campaign in his hometown of Brisbane on Sunday. It is the capital of Queensland, a battleground state for swing seats that will decide the election Sept. 7.
Rudd was dumped as prime minister by his own government colleagues in 2010, only to regain the top job in a similar leadership wrangle in June. On Sunday, he dismissed opinion polls that show opposition leader Tony Abbott's conservative coalition is headed for a clear victory.