If you’re still not sure who will get your votes in the upcoming election, you still have some time to decide.
But not much.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the election today, and we’re heading to the polls on 18 May. He has called on voters not to go back to a Labor government, stating ‘now is not the time to turn back’.
After five-and-a-half years in power, the opinion polls are showing a Liberal–National Coalition loss to Labor.
Morrison has stated that only his government are able to provide a strong economy and the extras that comes with it.
‘It’s taken us more than five years to turn around Labor’s budget mess,’ Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.
‘Now is not the time to turn back. Keeping our economy strong is how we secure your future and your family’s future.’
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NLP versus ALP
Opposition and Labor Leader Bill Shorten, on his morning run, told reporters he was ready for the upcoming campaign.
‘I’m ready for the election, I’m ready for government,’ he said in Melbourne.
‘I’ve got a more united, experienced team. This election will be a choice, it will be a choice about more cuts or better health care for your family.’
Morrison asked voters: ‘Who do you trust to deliver that strong economy which your essential services rely on?’, channelling Former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard.
It is not expected that either party will claim a majority in the Senate, which currently has half of the 76-seat upper house available, AAP reports.
After a nation-wide redrawing of seat borders, the Coalition holds an estimated 73 seats (previously 74) and Labor holds 72 seats (previously 69).
The current PM got the top job in Auguts after the ousting of former PM Malcolm Turnbull after a failed leadership coup by Peter Dutton.
When questioned about the disorder that landed him prime ministership, Morrison said: ‘This election is about the future.’
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