Australians will soon learn when they will get to cast their ballots after a tumultuous three years for the economy, health and global security.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is widely tipped to make the drive to Government House in Canberra on Sunday to ask Governor-General David Hurley for an election either on May 14 or a week later.
Mr Morrison is aiming to become the first incumbent prime minister to win two elections in a row since John Howard in 2004.
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But Labor has been ahead in the polls consistently since June 2021, currently sitting on a two-party preferred vote of 55 per cent.
Mr Morrison on Saturday released a video in which he points to the natural disasters that have hit the country, the unstable global security environment and the risks facing Australia’s economy.
“You always have setbacks. You always have imperfect information. I mean, things are tough,” he says.
Mr Morrison claims 40,000 Australians are alive because of how his government handled the COVID-10 pandemic, with 700,000 still in jobs because of the response to the economic fallout.
“This is why as we go into this next election, what’s firing me up – we’re actually in a really strong position,” Mr Morrison says.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese also released a video on Saturday spruiking his “fully costed plan for a better future”.
He introduces himself to voters and talks about his economics degree from Sydney University and six years as infrastructure minister.
“Growing up with a single mum, I know the value of a dollar, and I know how hard it is to get ahead, ” Mr Albanese says.
Labor also released an attack video, lampooning the prime minister’s video message and declaring: “No more mistakes. No more excuses. No more Morrison.”
The coalition starts the race with 76 seats out of the 151-seat lower house, with Labor on 69 if the new seat of Hawke in Victoria is considered a win.
Forty seats in the upper house are in contention in a half-Senate election.
Both leaders are tipped to start their campaigns in regional parts of the nation where marginal seats are up for grabs or need defending.
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