Australian PM calls election
Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has called for an election on the 7th September just six weeks after defeating former prime minister Julia Gillard in a Labor Party vote.
Mr Rudd sent an email to Labor supporters in which he said the following: “It’s on. A few moments ago I saw the governor-general and asked that she dissolve this parliament and call the federal election for September 7.”
Speaking at a press conference after the announcement was made, Mr Rudd stated: “This election will be about who the Australian people trust to best lead them through the difficult new economic challenges which now lie ahead.”
He added: “New challenges have been brought about by the end of the China resources boom”, which was a reference to declining finances due to mining sector issues.
Mr Rudd’s main competition is believed to be conservative opposition leader Tony Albott, who is a favourite to win. Mr Albott has welcomed the election, saying “it’s really about who is more fair dinkum”, an Australian phrase meaning fairness and honesty, saying that if elected his government will attempt to get the budget under control and work towards building a stronger economy.