View Poll Results: When will the Federal Election be held?

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  • 27 oct

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  • 03 nov

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    When do you think the federal election will be held?

    yet another poll ... yada yada
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    I've gone with 3 Nov firstly as that's just before a possible rates rise and secondly as it would annoy me enormously if he called it for that date, since it clashes with a tournament in Burnie, and as an election junkie I would find it very difficult to choose between chess and watching the election.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    ... and as an election junkie I would find it very difficult to choose between chess and watching the election.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I've gone with 3 Nov firstly as that's just before a possible rates rise and secondly as it would annoy me enormously if he called it for that date, since it clashes with a tournament in Burnie, and as an election junkie I would find it very difficult to choose between chess and watching the election.
    Only a government of drongos would call an election to clash with the Melbourne Cup Carnival. I suppose that makes it very likely to be the date.

    The whisper that I have heard is late November to early December. my source also tipped the demons for the flag so is not terribly reliable.

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    fixed terms

    I think that it is time for Australia to have fixed terms for the Federal Parliament.
    Ideally it should take place between the end of the football season and the start of the cricket. that woiuld give the media something to write about.


    Furthermore I think that nobody should be allowed more than two terms as Prime Minister.

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    Eclectic,

    I take it that Jan 19 is the latest that the election can be called?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidflude
    I think that it is time for Australia to have fixed terms for the Federal Parliament.
    Ideally it should take place between the end of the football season and the start of the cricket. that woiuld give the media something to write about.


    Furthermore I think that nobody should be allowed more than two terms as Prime Minister.
    I agree with the fixed terms part, but I dont have a problem with how many terms a PM can serve. If the 'will of the people' want to vote the party in, so be it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    I take it that Jan 19 is the latest that the election can be called?
    Correctamundo

    I tipped Nov 3 too. I think October is too soon, and anything else risks an interest rate hike, not to mention electoral anger at dragging things out.

    Of course, if Howard gets rolled in the next week (eg after Tuesday's Newspoll) then the Libs'd have an excuse to drag it out till early December
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurotrash
    Correctamundo

    I tipped Nov 3 too. I think October is too soon, and anything else risks an interest rate hike, not to mention electoral anger at dragging things out.

    Of course, if Howard gets rolled in the next week (eg after Tuesday's Newspoll) then the Libs'd have an excuse to drag it out till early December
    I dont think it will be Nov 3 because of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    I take it that Jan 19 is the latest that the election can be called?
    There was an article in Crikey some time back pointing out he could theoretically exploit some rort and hang on through most of next year, at least until probably forced to the polls by a court challenge against it, so long as he doesn't need Parliament to sit for any reason during that time. Though he wouldn't actually do that, as the outrage when the election finally came would probably reduce the Libs to about one seat.

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    I recant my vote above as with the stuff going on in markets overseas making an interest rate rise highly unlikely, he can pick whatever date in Nov or early Dec he feels like. Haven't been keeping up with the news these last few days as to any further rumours.

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    I think John Howard should call the election now for early December. That would seem his best chance. Of course he wont call the election now as it means he cant pork barrel any new spending initiatives

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    I think John Howard should call the election now for early December. That would seem his best chance. Of course he wont call the election now as it means he cant pork barrel any new spending initiatives
    That would be an extraordinarily long campaign. The long pseudo-campaign is bad enough, I don't know if I could take a proper campaign that long..

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    AFAIK it would also be the longest term of government ever, exceeding Billy McMahon's record in '72(?). IIRC, Billy wasn't kindly repaid for making the electorate wait so long...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurotrash
    AFAIK it would also be the longest term of government ever, exceeding Billy McMahon's record in '72(?). IIRC, Billy wasn't kindly repaid for making the electorate wait so long...
    And remember what happened the Aussie electorate that time, when they were silly enough to think "it's time" ... Yet the grossly incompetent Whitlam is still a Labor hero.
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