Malcolm Turnbull confirms ABCC will trigger double dissolution election

20 April 2016

Australians will likely go to the polls in a double dissolution election on July 2, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed.

Mr Turnbull said the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) reforms, twice rejected by the Senate, would be “a trigger for a double dissolution election”.

He said that it was up to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove to officially agree with his request for an election, when it was made following the budget.

“After the budget, I will advise the Governor-General to dissolve both houses of parliament and I will advise him to call an election on the second of July,” he said.

“The Governor-General will consider that request, that advice, and he will make a decision … and that is why I say I expect there to be an election on the second of July.”

But Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the Prime Minister had hesitated in naming an election date and said voters needed more than “weasel words”.

“Nine times, including as recently as Sunday, he said this election would be on July 2,” Mr Shorten said.

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