Scott Morrison hints at the date of the next federal election with a critical clue
BREAKING NEWS: Scott Morrison hints at election date with critical clue – as Labor accuses him of ‘evading control’
- Morrison’s government has announced session days in parliament for 2022
- The budget is scheduled for March 29 for an election to take place in May
- Mr Morrison could call an election earlier, but that would involve a budget shift
Scott Morrison has dropped his biggest hint yet that the election will be in May.
The government released its proposed calendar for next year’s parliament on Monday, with March 29 as the budget date.
An election campaign must last at least five weeks, during which time parliament is not in session.
This means that if the government wants to stick to the budget and then use the policies outlined as part of its election campaign, the poll will have to take place in May.
Scott Morrison (pictured today) has dropped his biggest hint yet that the election will be in May
Morrison could call early elections in March, but that would mean canceling parliament and moving the budget to post-elections.
According to the proposed calendar, parliament will sit for only seven days in February and three days in March.
By contrast, in 2021 there were five weeks of sessions in these months.
Opposition firms manager Tony Burke said Mr Morrison was trying to “avoid scrutiny” by limiting parliament.
But he said Labor would agree to the calendar or parliament would not be sitting at all.
Morrison can call elections at any time from now until the end of May. The elections are to be held on a Saturday, meaning May 21st is the latest possible date.
Earlier this month, Morrison declared he is the underdog for the next election as he continued an unofficial campaign expected to last six months.
A News item in mid-November lay Labor is ahead of the coalition for the eighth consecutive time since June, by 53 to 47 percent on a two-party basis.
When asked if he considers himself the underdog in the next election, Morrison replied: “Well, I think that’s pretty clear.
“And I’ve been there before,” he said in reference to his surprise win over Bill Shorten in 2019.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese during question time in the House of Representatives on Monday