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Australia PM Forced to Call Election

Australia should be informed as to when they are heading to the ballot box by the end of the weekend. There are just two Saturdays left for a political election to be held, May 14 or May 21, and any hold-ups this weekend break would suggest MPs would certainly need to return to Canberra today.

Labor Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese stated it was likely the election would be called this weekend break because Prime Minister Scott Morrison “really did not like the scrutiny” of a sitting Parliament.

“This Prime Minister last year gave up on governing and said he was campaigning,” Albanese said on Saturday.

The Opposition Leader said Morrison was treating the political election as a “game” and also postponing it, to permit the use of taxpayer funds to stump on government spending and also designate friends to federal government boards.

Albanese stated Labor had a hill to climb to win the looming political election yet had a strategy for the future while the federal government was “out of puff.”

If the Prime Minister does not check in with the governor-general by this Sunday it will remove the possibility of the earlier May date, as a minimum of 33 days is needed in-between calling an election and polling day.

It will certainly also imply MPs will have to go back to Canberra for the week as the House of Representatives return from break.

A program for the pre-determined sitting was released on Friday afternoon yet it is not anticipated to proceed.

Morrison has said his visit to Governor-General David Hurley is not far away.

“Electoral terms are for three years. The last election was on May 18 (2019) and the next election will be held about the same time,” he told reporters on Friday.

“You’ll know very soon.”

When the Australian High Court tossed out a challenge to his choice of prospects for a number of New South Wales seats, a potential obstacle postponing Morrison from calling the election was removed on Friday afternoon.

Chief Justice Susan Kiefel stated there were “insufficient prospects of success”  to necessitate leave for previous Liberal member Matthew Camenzuli to test Morrison’s intervention in the state’s local branches.

H/T The Epoch Times

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