Friday, October 29

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With the American election cycle now nearing the end of its fourth year, it's worth taking a look at how one other country* handles this sort of thing:
PM set to announce election
Sunday, August 29, 2004. 12:05pm (AEST)

Prime Minister John Howard has left Government House after discussing the date for the federal election with the Governor-General, Michael Jeffery.

The election is likely to be held on Saturday October 9, six weeks from yesterday.

Mr Howard will hold a press conference at 1:00pm (AEST) and Labor leader Mark Latham will respond soon after that.

Six weeks would be a longer-than-usual campaign and it would be the first time since 1984 that a federal campaign would run for that long.

The election is likely to be fought on the domestic front - families, the economy, health, education, environment and truth in government.

But Australia's role in Iraq will also be a major issue.

The Labor Party needs to win eight seats from the Coalition for the Howard Government to lose its majority.

It will be a tightly fought election, with recent opinion poll results showing little difference between the major parties.

I repeat: Six weeks would be a longer-than-usual campaign and it would be the first time since 1984 that a federal campaign would run for that long.

* Cough cough.

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1 See, that's the thing I don't get about parliaments. If the party in power gets to decide when there is an election, why do they ever have an election at all? The worst thing that could happen is that they would lose, while the best is that they would retain power, which is what they have anyway. What makes the government voluntarily put itself up for election? Obviously there is something, as you just had an election. Elections in the States, on the other hand, can be predicted far into the future, for as many thousands of years as our calendar is still valid. For example, there will be an election on 3 November 3096 and 6 Nov 4152. Trixy/Coward 4152! Get out the vote for the nanotech party!

Posted by: Anonymous Coward at Friday, October 29 2004 11:46 AM (tHoIH)

2 The Australian Constitution specifies that the government must hold elections after three years at most, but doesn't specify a minimum period. There is an advantage to the incumbent in being able to choose the date, but it's not that big.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, October 29 2004 06:38 PM (+S1Ft)

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