/Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls federal election for May 18

Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls federal election for May 18

Updated

April 11, 2019 08:48:56

Voters will go to the polls on May 18 to decide which party will form the next federal government.

Key points:

  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls a federal election for May 18
  • He says voters have a “clear choice” between the Coalition and Labor’s handling of the economy
  • Opposition Leader Bill Shorten vows to deliver “a fair go for Australians”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Government House early this morning to ask Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove to trigger an election.

Mr Morrison said the election would offer a “clear choice” for voters between the economy the Coalition had overseen for the last six years versus “Bill Shorten’s Labor Party”.

He argued it had taken five years to repair the economy Labor left behind when it lost government in 2013.

“Now is not the time to turn back,” he said.

“Keeping our economy strong is how we secure your future and your family’s future.

“Keeping our economy strong ensures that we can secure your wage, your job, your business and, importantly, the business you are going to work for today.”

A brief ceremony outside Parliament House prorogued the 45th Parliament at 8:29am.

The Governor-General then dissolved the Parliament at 8:30am, which cancelled the Senate Estimates hearings that were due to commence at 9am.

Labor leader Bill Shorten, on Twitter, said it was “ready to deliver a fair go for Australia”.

He is expected to speak later this morning to outline his case for election.

In making his pitch to voters, Mr Morrison channelled former prime minister John Howard and the “who do you trust” campaign slogan he made famous during the 2004 election.

“So the choice to be made by Australians on May 18 is like it always is at every election, and that is, who do you trust to deliver that strong economy which your essential services rely on?” Mr Morrison said.

“Who do you trust to deliver the strong economy and the budget management that these services can be funded, that the business that you work for will be there in three years, in five years, in 10 years?”

When voters last went to the federal polls, Malcolm Turnbull was the Liberal leader and prime minister. At the election before that, Tony Abbott held those titles.

But Mr Morrison said voters could be assured he would serve a full term, which would be a first for an Australian government in more than a decade, if the Coalition were to be re-elected.

More to come.

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First posted

April 11, 2019 08:06:17