Election date confirmed
Australia’s prime minister has officially called a July 2 election and put economic management at the forefront of his campaign to win a second three-year term for his conservative coalition. Kicking off a two-month election campaign, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull said a centre-left Labor Party win would prevent the Australian economy diversifying from a mining industry that had been hit hard by the Chinese slowdown and the associated falls in the prices of iron ore and coal, Australia’s most lucrative exports. Climate change, gay marriage, house prices and tax are also key issues. Labor leader Bill Shorten said a re-elected Turnbull government would mean another three years of “dithering and of disappointment”.