Malcolm Pulls the Trigger! DD Election July 2016
Straya, you are heading to the polls!
Mr Turnbull will hold a special sitting of Parliament on union corruption in April, and call a double dissolution election if the legislation is not passed.
Mr Turnbull called a snap media conference in his parliamentary courtyard in Canberra this morning to make the announcement.
He will bring forward the federal budget by one week to May 3, to allow more time for the union corruption bills to be considered.
In the likely event that the bills don’t pass, it means a double dissolution election – where both houses of parliament will be forced to go to the polls – will likely be held on July 2.
“The time has come for the Senate to recognise its responsibilities and help advance our economic plans, rather than standing in the way,” he said.
“The restoration of the ABCC [Australian Building and Construction Commission] is a critical economic reform.
Mr Turnbull said the Coalition would campaign on its plan to improve union governance, its innovation agenda, competition policy and forthcoming policies to boost jobs and economic growth.
Opposition to Labor’s plan to limit negative gearing would also be at the centre of the government’s campaign.
“The time for playing games is over.”
Let the games begin!