May federal election looking likely as PM announces early 2019 budget

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May federal election looking likely as PM announces early 2019 budget

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November 27, 2018 12:12:56

Australians are all but assured to head to the polls for a federal election in May, with the Prime Minister announcing he will deliver a budget in April.

Scott Morrison said the budget would be on April 2, 2019 and Australians would go to the polls after that.

He would not be drawn on the exact date for the election, but May 11 and 18 appear most likely given Easter and school holidays in April.

“I’ll let you do the maths. There are options available to the Government,” Mr Morrison said.

“There are always options available to the Government to call an election anytime between now and to have a half-Senate election and a House of Representatives election concurrently. That would be conducted by 18 May. 

“It is our intention to deliver a surplus budget.”

Mr Morrison also announced the Government would release a mid-year budget on December 17.

More to come.

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federal-elections,

government-and-politics,

australia

First posted

November 27, 2018 11:59:33


Contact Brett Worthington

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