Australians vote in general election in May

Australian PM Scott Morrison

Australian PM Scott Morrison

Australia will hold a general election on May 21, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday.

The announcement has triggered a campaign expected to be fought over cost-of-living pressures, climate change, and questions of character and competence of the major parties.

Opinion polls show Morrison’s conservative coalition trailing the opposition Labor party after nine years in power.

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Morrison similarly lagged in opinion polls before the previous election in May 2019, but still pulled off a win.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty ahead, I get it,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

“But this election and this campaign is incredibly important.”

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