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Federal Election: May 18 Date Confirmed By Scott Morrison

Federal Election: May 18 Date Confirmed By Scott Morrison

The Australian prime minister has called a general election for May 18.

The Prime visited the Governor-General in Canberra early this morning, asking Sir Peter Congrove to dissolve Federal Parliament to make way for a national poll.

In Australia, without fixed-term national governments, the party of government has the prerogative to choose the exact timing of the election, roughly every two-and-a-half to three years. Securing Australia's future prosperity "depends on a strong economy, and that's why there is so much at stake at this election".

"If (Morrison) were to pull this off it would be one of the greatest comebacks in political history", he said.

"It's taken us more than five years to turn around Labor's mess".

But he's begun the campaign with a strong pitch on the Coalition's economic management.

Labor enters the 2019 contest as frontrunners.

Labor is in the box seat to win the election, leading 52-48 in the latest Newspoll.

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The government is also behind on the electoral arithmetic.

Morrison's administration has become a minority government after it lost multiple seats due to resignations.

The prime minister fuelled speculation when he posted a video to social media in which he asked voters to consider the longer term impacts of their choices at the ballot box.

The Labor leader addressed reporters later on Thursday from a family home in Melbourne.

Labor is campaigning heavily on health and education, arguing the coalition is yet to properly restore funding cut in a series of federal budgets. The opposition was determined to address anxiety from voters about cost-of-living pressures and about stagnating household incomes, he said.

"We are ready for the election, we are ready for government", Shorten said.

"There are a lot of people that take that fiscal rigor and budget surplus as very, very fundamental, but I think that's shifting back into: 'What's the point of having a budget surplus if I feel like I'm not getting ahead?'", he said.

Australians will go to the polls on Saturday, May 18.