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Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull calls early election

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By Euronews
Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull calls early election

<p>Australia’s conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called a surprise early election on July 2.</p> <p>He used a rare political tool to dissolve parliament after the upper house, the Senate, repeatedly blocked legislation.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Earlier today, I visited the Governor General and asked him to dissolve Parliament for an election <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash">#auspol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ausvotes?src=hash">#ausvotes</a> <a href="https://t.co/OhP4EGj5iw">pic.twitter.com/OhP4EGj5iw</a></p>— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) <a href="https://twitter.com/TurnbullMalcolm/status/729179477301825536">8 May 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It kicks off a two-month campaign – one of the longest in the country’s history – that is expected to focus on the flagging economy following the end of the mining boom.</p> <p>Other issues likely to feature include health, education, and the heated debate over asylum seekers.</p> <p>The election raises the prospect of more political instability where infighting among the leading parties has seen several politicians occupy the top job in recent years.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/annabelcrabb"><code>annabelcrabb</a> discusses the potential hazards of a long election campaign <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ausvotes?src=hash">#ausvotes</a> <a href="https://t.co/6kNgla6qkF">https://t.co/6kNgla6qkF</a></p>&mdash; ABC News 24 (</code>ABCNews24) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCNews24/status/729210343105269760">8 May 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Turnbull, who ousted his predecessor Tony Abbott in a leadership challenge last September, is considered a moderate in the conservative Liberal Party-led coalition.</p> <p>There has been some disappointment with Turnbull among people who expected him to distance himself from Abbott’s right wing policies on issues such as immigration and climate change.</p> <p>Opposition centre-left Labor leader Bill Shorten has painted Turnbull, a multi-millionaire lawyer and former tech entrepreneur, and the coalition as friends of big business.</p> <p>Opinion polls suggest the government and Labor are running neck-and-neck. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">At this election Australians have a clear choice to keep the course on our economic plan for growth & jobs <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ausvotes?src=hash">#ausvotes</a><a href="https://t.co/oToVZeVV5M">https://t.co/oToVZeVV5M</a></p>— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) <a href="https://twitter.com/TurnbullMalcolm/status/729185764173451264">8 May 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We can win this, and your support will make all the difference. Can you chip in? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash">#auspol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ausvotes?src=hash">#ausvotes</a><a href="https://t.co/lKKOJOtcj0">https://t.co/lKKOJOtcj0</a></p>— Australian Labor (@AustralianLabor) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianLabor/status/729183615876141056">8 May 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>