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SYDNEY — Now that Australia’s politicians have scattered across the world — they are diligent in flying off on global research projects during long recesses — exasperated voters are enjoying relief from the mudslinging that marked the most frenetic-ever final week of a winter sitting in the Federal Parliament.

Observers agree that the week muddied the shining reputation of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and dashed opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull’s hopes of becoming prime minister.

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