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Australia's PM Scott Morrison expected to call federal election today

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Deanna Wagner | 13 April, 2019, 16:25

The Liberal leader confirmed that Australian voters will go to the polls on 18 May, and said people would have a clear choice.

Morrison, who came to office following a bruising intra-party putsch in August 2018, faces a fierce challenge from the opposition Labor Party, led by former union leader Bill Shorten.

The LNP's campaign will be built largely on a foundation of economic stability after the Federal Budget for 2019/20, which was delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg earlier in April, projected Australia's first budget surplus in over a decade.

"They turned strong borders into weak borders, and we have spent the last more than 10 years getting back to where we were".

The video features Mr Morrison with his family, talking up the government's economic record.

The Labor opposition laid out its health spending priorities in last week's budget reply, promising to make cancer treatments and scans significantly cheaper.

"The May election presents a starker choice than has been the case since the 1970s and so suggests greater uncertainty for investors than usual", he said.

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"It's about how you keep the economy on track to guarantee the funding for the essential services that Australians rely on, whether it is schools, hospitals, Medicare or any of these things", he told reporters.

The measure will reportedly take effect the day after the Australian authorities call the election and will apply to ads containing references to politicians, parties, and electoral procedures, as well as various political slogans and logos.

- There are two houses of Parliament, with the government formed by the party or coalition with a majority in the lower chamber or House of Representatives.

After a national redrawing of seat boundaries, the coalition starts with a notional 73 seats (down from 74) with Labor on 72 (up from 69).

"If you vote Labor, you pay for it for a decade", Morrison added.

- The upper house Senate has 76 members - 12 from each of the six states and two from each of Australia's two less-populous territories.