Gillard calls September 14 election

Gillard calls September 14 election

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced Australians will head to the polls on September 14, as she believes a government should govern for the full term of its elected period.

It’s believed the 8 and a half month period will be one of the longest political campaigns in Australian history.

Ms Gillard made the announcement during a National Press Club address today and has outlined the Labor party’s policy for the year ahead.

Analysis about the months ahead has already begun, but Independent MP Tony Windsor says there is still plenty of work to do in this parliamentary term.

Both he and Rob Oakeshott have welcomed the announcement, saying it will allow all sides of politics to focus on policy over the coming months- not character attacks.

But some Liberal MP’s are not happy with the date in particular, as it falls on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

Liberal MP Josh Frydenberg, who is Jewish, says it’s going to be very difficult for Jewish Australians to participate in election day activities.

Meanwhile Leader of Opposition Business Christopher Pyne has criticised Ms Gillard’s election announcement, saying she hasn’t included enough detail about policy.

But Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has welcomed the announcement, saying Coalition is ready to go to the polls.

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