Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce tomorrow morning that Australia is headed to the polls on May 18.
Multiple sources are now confirming that Mr Morrison will visit the Governor General very early tomorrow morning.
The election campaign will get underway immediately with Labor starting as clear favourites to win government.
Lindsay will be one of the most watched seats in the country. It is currently held by Labor’s Emma Husar by just 1.1 per cent, but she will not re-contest the seat.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) April 10, 2019
Former Penrith Mayor and State Mulgoa MP Diane Beamer will try to keep the seat in Labor hands, but sources suggest the Liberals are confident Melissa McIntosh can bring Lindsay back into Coalition hands.
Independent Mark Tyndall, Australia First’s Jim Saleam, United Australia’s Christopher Buttell and Nicholas Best from The Greens will also contest Lindsay. More candidates are set to be announced.
Mr Morrison is expected to address the nation before lunchtime tomorrow to confirm the May 18 election.
May 18 is clear of school holidays and any other major events, although it does clash with the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Prime Minister will visit the Governor-General tomorrow morning to ask for parliament to be dissolved & writs issued for an election. The most likely date for a poll is May 18, but May 25 not ruled out despite difficulties for AEC.#auspol @politicsabc @abcnews
— Melissa Clarke (@Clarke_Melissa) April 10, 2019
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.