Turnbull confirms early election plan: Aussies go to the polls on 2 July
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday confirmed of calling an early election on 2 July
Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday confirmed of calling an early election on 2 July.
On Monday, Australia's upper house, the Senate, rejected a piece of government legislation for a second time which provided Turnbull with a trigger for a so-called double dissolution election, BBC reported.
A double dissolution election is a mechanism in the Australian Constitution that allows the government to call for an election if a piece of legislation is blocked twice in the Upper House.
Turnbull said at a press conference that he intended to ask the governor general to dissolve parliament after the budget 3 May.
He said said calling the double dissolution was about "giving the people their say".
"It means it's an occasion when the House and the Senate can't agree, persistently and so then everyone goes to the polls," he said.
"And when we win the election as I believe we will, we will return and the reforms to registered organisations and the reintroduction of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) will be made law."
New Zealand will also skip season 3 of the Pro League, which starts next month.
While Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth are largely virus-free and fans are allowed into venues, Sydney and Melbourne are both in lockdown battling outbreaks of the Delta variant with case numbers and deaths rising.
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