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Australia general election set for May 18: prime minister

 Australia general election set for May 18: prime minister

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will hold a general election on May 18, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, firing the starting gun on a campaign expected to be fought over taxation, climate change and inequality.

Opinion polls show Morrison's conservative coalition trailing the opposition Labour party after six years in power and two prime ministers topped by internal party ructions.

"Earlier this morning, I visited the governor-general here in Canberra and he accepted my advice for an election to be held on 18 May," Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook; editing by Darren Schuettler and Leslie Adler)

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Updated Date: Apr 11, 2019 05:06:17 IST

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