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Jan 7, 2013

Pencil in September for the federal election

The big one -- the federal election -- will occur later this year, and Western Australia will also head to the polls. Crikey's elections guru outlines the year ahead and makes some guesses on the big date.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

I begin 2013 as I did 2011 and 2012: with a review of this year’s electoral calendar. On the two previous occasions I engaged with the possibility that a federal election might be brought on ahead of time due to parliamentary defections and/or byelection defeats. Having proved more than a few detractors wrong in avoiding such mishaps, the situation for the Gillard government is definitive this time — it will face the polls this year, by no later than November 30.

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  1. Jimmy

    I don’t think the election will be in September, more then likely it will be Mid October.
    The reason for this thinking is that Abbott is going to try to run a campaign where he will offer very little detail in policy – I know this because as his news year editorail outlined his current policies are completely contradictory and just plain bad – therefore should the ALP go to an electtion in the middle of Football finals they will help Abbott’s cause because the public’s focus wil be elsewhere.
    If they go in Mid to late October they will expose Abbott to a lt more scrutiny.

    Also the later date will allow more time for the MRRT and Carbon tax to operate smoothly and increase the questions about why we need them scrapped.

  2. Sam

    I’m tipping a November 2 election – give people a week to get over the footy, then have a good four weeks of policy scrutiny and hold the election before there’s any chance of interest rate hysteria from any Cup Day RBA decision.

  3. outside left

    Pretty good reasoning, Jimmy. Also the NBN looms larger as time moves on.

  4. Edward James

    Hang on. Can’t we hope we the people will still be able to force a by election by questioning the honesty and integrity of Jenny Macklin? Have we missed the time where she stepped in and corrected the spin in the official transcript published by her staffer, under the Federal Coat of Arms. Informing readers of what was said about living on the dole? Truth or fiction. Edward James

  5. Jimmy

    Quite possible and good reasoning Sam. That would be the latest I think the would go though as once you get into November the opposition will run a variation of the “illegitimate govt” spiel and start saying they are holding on to power undemocraticall y by not allowing the public to vote them out.

  6. Jimmy

    Edward James – “Can’t we hope we the people will still be able to force a by election by questioning the honesty and integrity of Jenny Macklin?” If you aren’t going to be serious then stop posting on this site!!

  7. Mike Flanagan

    Edward James….Edward James.
    I note there is nothing of substance between both the above names, nor comedy for that matter.

  8. Edward James

    hay jimmy let us know if Labor Minister Jenny Macklin had the spin removed from the public record! Until that happens I will not change my published position, she is not fit to represent anyone even you! Edward James

  9. Edward James

    Mike flanagan it seems you are a person of very limited views Edward James

  10. Edward James

    This paragraph of information lifted from the SMH work product of Kate McClymont May in fact support my often published concerns in our Central coast papers that some dodgy political activity is ignored, because it suits both sides of politics, to leave it alone. Most of us have not forgotten the Terrigals grew up on the central coast Chris
    Apart from Mr Skehan’s private company holding shares, another shareholder in Anconna is Tennille Koelma, whose husband Tim Koelma is a former aide to the Resources Minister, Chris Hartcher. Mr Koelma was suspended on full pay in late March for allegedly overseeing a slush fund that took donations to support the minister’s favoured candidates on the central coast. He has since resigned.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/obeid-link-to-tigers-under-the-spotlight-20130106-2cb6k.html#ixzz2HF7zKnu0
    Edward James who says there is nothing funny about systemic corruption when your the one suffering

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