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AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL ELECTION
PM calls election on May 21
Australians will get to decide who leads the country for the next three years
when they go to the polls in a federal election on May 21.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison locked the date on 10 April after visiting the
Governor-General in Canberra.
Speaking to the ABC, Mr Morrison said he did not think his government was
“perfect” but that the public would judge it on what it had done over the last
“Our government is not perfect — we’ve never claimed to be, but we are up-front
and you may see some flaws but you can also see what we have achieved for
Australia in incredibly difficult times,” he said.
“You can see our plan. Our plan will deliver more and better jobs and the lowest
unemployment seen in some 50 years.”
Mr Morrison said voters would face a choice when they walked into the voting
He urged them to stick with a government they knew amid uncertain times,
listing war in Ukraine, a deadly pandemic and an economy recovering from
recession as the biggest issues Australia was facing.
Labor’s platform centres on policies like lifting childcare subsidies, placing more
nurses in aged care homes, and providing nearly half a million fee-free TAFE
“Australians deserve better,” Mr Albanese said.
“This government doesn’t have an agenda for today, let alone a vision for
tomorrow. They demonstrated that in their budget, which was nothing more
than a ploy for an election campaign.”
With four weeks remaining in the campaign, Anthony Albanese had to go into
isolation after testing positive with Covid 19.
Labor appears to have lost ground in the opening week of the federal election
campaign according to the latest Guardian Essential poll, but a majority of
respondents still think Anthony Albanese will be Australia’s next prime minister.
In the latest survey, the Coalition’s primary vote is 37%, Labor 35%, the Greens
9%, One Nation 3%, independents and others 5% and United Australia party 4%,
with 7% of respondents still undecided.
The Coalition is seeking its fourth term in office, while Mr Albanese hopes to
return Labor to government for the first time since 2013.
Adelaide, South Australia