Aus­tralia to Go to Polls if Union Laws Re­jected Again

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Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull will bring back both houses of Par­lia­ment for an ex­tra­or­di­nary sit­ting in April to deal with union cor­rup­tion leg­is­la­tion, and says he will call a dou­ble dis­so­lu­tion elec­tion if the bills are not passed. Mr Turn­bull called a snap me­dia con­fer­ence in his Can­berra par­lia­men­tary court­yard yes­ter­day morn­ing to make the an­nounce­ment. The Prime Min­is­ter said he would also bring for­ward the fed­eral bud­get by one week, and had in­formed his Cab­i­net col­leagues shortly be­fore ad­dress­ing the me­dia. “The time has come for the Se­nate to recog­nise its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and help ad­vance our eco­nomic plans, rather than stand­ing in the way,” Mr Turn­bull said. “The restora­tion of the ABCC [Aus­tralian Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion] is a crit­i­cal eco­nomic re­form. The time for play­ing games is over.”

Un­der the ex­ist­ing sched­ule, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives was set for an ex­tended break un­til May 10, when the bud­get was due to be handed down. Now both houses will be sent back to Can­berra on April 18 to deal with the Aus­tralian Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion leg­is­la­tion and the reg­is­tered or­gan­i­sa­tions bill.

If the bills are re­jected by the Se­nate, Mr Turn­bull is now adamant he will call a dou­ble dis­so­lu­tion elec­tion, to be held on July 2. He says the bud­get will be handed down on May 3 re­gard­less of the out­come. ABC

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