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Australian Elections 2019- All you need to know about

Do You Know?

The voting is compulsory for registered voters in Australia.

When the election happened in Australia?

The date associated with 2019 election is May 18, 2019 for the new Prime Minister.

Prime Ministerial Candidate for 2019?

The candidate for the Liberal party is – Scott Morrison and for the Labour party is – Bill Shorten.
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However, there are three more parties who are contesting for the election.

How many parties are for election?

Australia has faced political instability before and now as well the circumstances are different.

There are basically five parties which have been into election of Prime Minister in 2019- The Liberal/National Coalition, The Labour, The Greens, The Katter’s Australian, and Centre Alliance.

However, main competition for 2019 remains in between the Liberal and the Labour.  

Parliament of Australia

The parliament is bicameral and that consists of two houses. The election was called following the dissolution of the 45th Parliament as elected at the 2016 double dissolution federal election.

Australia enforces compulsory voting and uses full-preference instant-runoff voting in single-member seats for the House of Representatives and optional preferential single transferable voting in the proportionally represented Senate. The election is administered by the Australian Electoral Commission.

Past history of Australian Governments post elections.

The outcome of the 2016 federal election could not be predicted on election night, and there were many doubts. Post counting, neither of the contesting party won enough seats in the 150 seats to form a majority government.

During the uncertain week following the election, Turnbull negotiated with the crossbench and secured confidence and supply support from Bob Katter and from independents Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan in the event of a hung parliament and resulting minority government.  

Some facts related to 2019 Australian elections.

The climate change has been the main theme for Australian elections in 2019.  Australia remains the world’s driest inhabited continent. It is confronting its own vulnerability to the effects of global warming. Australia, among the world’s largest wheat exporters, has been forced to take recourse to bulk imports of the grain, consequent to severe droughts in its eastern states over two years.
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Mr. Morrison, a supporter of coal-generated power, may also find his hard-line stance on immigration difficult to defend in the wake of the terrorist attacks in neighbouring New Zealand.

From combating climate change to shaping energy policy, Mr. Morrison’s Liberal party is a divided house between moderates and conservatives.

Malcolm Turnbull, the opposition Labor party seems to enjoy an edge over the governing centre-right Liberal-National coalition, according to opinion polls. Its leader, Bill Shorten, has rallied the party during its time in the opposition in the last six years.

 Labor’s advantage stems from its promise of a living wage, tighter regulation and ambitious targets on carbon emissions.

A 45% reduction in carbon emissions on 2005 levels by 2030 is part of its manifesto, aimed at appealing to Australia’s growing number of green voters.

Conversely, the pro-business credentials of Mr. Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition are said to have been steadily eroded as the government has reneged on its promise of corporate tax cuts.
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The package of measures unveiled in the pre-election budget in April may only have a moderate impact. As with several industrialised democracies, voter disillusionment with the principal parties is yielding a fragmented polity, and smaller parties and independents could potentially tilt the balance of power in the Senate, which is crucial for the passage of legislation.

With consistent economic growth and modest levels of unemployment, Australia has had a remarkable track record in recent decades. 
This scenario is in stark contrast to the incessant political swings that impede the legislative agenda. What is without doubt is that the turnout will be high at the polls, as voting is compulsory for registered voters.

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