Australia's Liberal Party-led opposition has swept to power in a national election and ended six years of Labour Party rule.
Prime minister Kevin Rudd has conceded defeat.
The Liberal Party-led coalition managed to win over a disenchanted public by promising to end a hated tax on carbon emissions, boost the nation's flagging economy and bring about political stability after years of Labour Party infighting.
A win for the coalition comes despite the relative unpopularity of party leader Tony Abbott.
Mr Abbott is a 55-year-old former Roman Catholic seminarian and Rhodes scholar who has long struggled to connect with women voters and was once dubbed "unelectable" by opponents.