Next month Australians will be going to the polls, and deciding whether the Coalition will remain in government, or if Labor Leader Bill Shorten becomes our new prime minister.
Now that 11 May is out of the running, it’s be narrowed down to two dates…
A tossup between the 18 and 25 May.
On Monday, the AEC removed 18 May as being the ‘last possible date’ for a half-Senate and House of Representatives election.
Last week the prime minister’s chief of staff requested a meeting with the Australian Electoral Commissioner (AEC) last week, a senate estimates committee also heard on Monday.
A likely option for the upcoming federal election still remains 25 May, despite speculation that this weekend Prime Minister Scott Morrison will trigger an 18 May poll, as reported by AAP.
The election date speculation swirls, as both Mr Morrison and Labor leader Bill Shorten travel across the country promoting their alternative economic plans.
Mr Shorten is set for central Queensland on Tuesday to reveal a $500 million investment to cut waiting times for cancer treatment and surgery in public hospitals, as reported by AAP.
25 May a risky Election option
Morrison who still trails Labor in the opinion polls, says he’s always set aside three dates — 11, 18 and 25 May.
But the AEC is concerned that a 25 May date could be risky, leaving a tight deadline to count ballots.
The later date will avert the need for campaign to be paused over the Easter long weekend.
Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman told the ABC: ‘We are governing right up until the last possible moment.’
A later date will allow Environment Minister Melissa Price extra time to consider the final scientific advice on the highly debated Adani coal mine in central Queensland.
She is facing pressure from the Nationals to give the project the go ahead before the election is called, but if approved, some Liberal MPs are worried it will cause voter backlash in city seats.
The House of Representatives is set to return 15 April.
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