July poll date set
WEST Australians will go to the polls to vote in a double dissolution election in July.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull advised the Governor-General on the weekend to dissolve both houses of Parliament and to call an election for July 2.
The trigger came after the Senate failed to pass Australian Building and Construction Commission reforms for a third time.
A double dissolution is a procedure permitted under the Australian Constitution to resolve deadlocks between the House of Representatives and the Senate.
If the conditions – or trigger – are satisfied, the Government can request the Governor-General to dissolve both houses of Parliament and call a full election.
Earlier this year, the Senate passed changes to voting methods for electing senators in each state, meaning voters will now be able to number at least six boxes above the line or at least 12 below the line.
This method is known as optional preferential voting and will mean parties and groups can no longer register Senate Group Voting Tickets to direct preferences, as they have been abolished.