On May 5th, Australian voters will vote to decide which party will form the next federal government.

On the morning of April 4 (Thursday), the current Federal Chancellor Morrison visited the Governor's House and asked Governor Sir Peter Cosgrove to initiate the federal election.

 

Morrison said that the election will provide voters with an opportunity to “clearly choose” between the coalition government that has overseen the economy for the past six years and the “Bill Shorten-led Labour Party”. .

Morrison believes that it took five years to repair the economic stalls left by the Labor Party after it stepped down in 2013. He said: "Now is not the time to look back. Maintaining strong economic growth is our way to protect the future of you and your family."

 

"By maintaining strong economic growth, we can protect your wages, work, business, and more importantly, ensure that you work for the company today."

 

At 8:29 am Australia local time this morning, a brief ceremony was held outside the parliament building. The Governor disbanded the 45th Parliament and cancelled the upper house budget hearing scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

 

After Morrison called the federal election, Labor Party leader Bill Shorten tweeted that he was ready to compete on a level playing field with the Liberal Party.

At a press conference in Melbourne, Bill Shorten said: “If voters vote for the Labour Party, we will provide more employment opportunities, better health and education policies, take practical action on climate change and renewable energy, and help reduce Energy prices."

 

"At the same time, we will work to reduce the burden of residents' living costs and promote wage increases."

 

"We can manage the economy and serve the interests of the broad masses of work and the middle class. Our team is united. Australian voters are faced with a real and important choice in this election."

 

In a speech to voters, Morrison slogans famously used in the 2004 general election, namely "who do you trust".

 

He said: "The choices made by Australian voters on May 5 are like every election, that is, who you trust to maintain strong economic growth to ensure that the basic services you rely on are achieved."

 

"Who do you trust to ensure strong economic and budget management, to ensure that the basic services you rely on have sufficient financial support, and that the business you work for will continue to stand tall in the next 3, 5 or 10 years."

It is understood that all members of the lower house and half of the upper house will face re-election. With the coalition party trapped in a minority government last year, it needs to win enough seats if it wants to win the election.

 

In response to Morrison’s speech, Labour Party leader Bill Shorten fought back and presented his own list of questions to voters.

 

He said: "Do you want the vitality of the Labour Party or the exhaustion of the current government? The Labour Party focuses on the future, not the past?"

 

"The Labour Party is committed to providing a proactive policy to all Australians. After the current government has split for the past six years, do you want a unified Labour government or another three years of split?"

 

It is reported that the first stop of the Labour Party's election campaign was Mitcham in Melbourne's Deakin constituency. In this electoral district, the Liberal Party accounts for 6.4%. In an interview with foreign media, Shorten said: "We have a strong voter base in the Mitcham area. Because I know that politics should be people-oriented and should be about the cost of living, education, health, good jobs, and renewable energy."

 

In theory, the Coalition Party has 73 seats in the House of Commons and the Labour Party has 72 seats. But in the election, the lower house will expand to 151 seats. The election order was issued today, and the list of elections will end on April 4. The deadline for nomination of candidates for seats in the upper and lower houses of the parliament is April 18.