Published: 14:08, April 10, 2022 | Updated: 14:19, April 10, 2022
Australian general election called for May 21
By Xinhua

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on April 10, 2022. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on April 10 called federal elections for May 21, launching a come-from-behind battle to stay in power after three years rocked by floods, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. (STR / AFP)

CANBERRA - Australians will go to the polls for a general election on May 21.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday visited the Governor-General to dissolve the parliament and call the election for all 151 seats in the House of Representatives and about half of 76 Senate seats. The election date is set for May 21.

The governing Liberal-National Coalition has held power since 2013.

If victorious, Prime MInister Scott Morrison will become the first prime minister to win consecutive general elections since 2004

If victorious, Morrison will become the first prime minister to win consecutive general elections since 2004.

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Currently, Newspoll indicates the opposition Labor Party and its leader Anthony Albanese leads in net satisfaction, with the party more preferred.

Launching his re-election campaign on Sunday, Morrison said that the Coalition could be trusted to lead Australia's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This election and this campaign is incredibly important. That's because there is so much at stake for Australia and our future," he said.

The election campaign, which will last about six weeks, is expected to be dominated by issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, cost of living, and housing affordability.

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In a video posted on social media on Saturday night, Albanese promised that Labor would "get spending under control so we can keep taxes low" if victorious.

"Debt has skyrocketed under the Liberals. They'd doubled the debt even before the pandemic," he said. "Australians deserve a prime minister who shows up, who takes responsibility and who works with people."