The Morrison government has ruled out a “dual election” scenario where Australian voters would go to two federal elections next year, after talks about the option emerged in the media. Special Minister of State Alex Hawke dismissed the idea and insisted on the standard timetable for an election next year. “The government has no plans for a dual election. The election is due next year, as required,” Mr Hawke tweeted. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office also rejected the option, saying “the government has no plans for a dual election” and also stipulating the election would be next year, as Mr Morrison continues a bus tour in regional Queensland to listen to voters.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said voters should expect an election in May. “I don’t think Australians like early elections,” Senator Birmingham told ABC TV. “Australians like governments to run their full term and we will do that.
“I fully expect that a normal election will be held in the normal course of events, in the normal time, which is May next year.”