Australian PM fixes federal election date on Sept. 14

Australian PM fixes federal election date on Sept. 14
# 30 January 2013 04:56 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made a surprise announcement on Wednesday that the federal election will be held on September 14, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Gillard made clear of the election date during an address to the National Press Club in Canberra. The prime minister had been talking about the government's economic and education plans before announcing the election date.

Sky News commented that it's unprecedented to announce the election date so early, leaving major parties with eight months to prepare for the poll.

Gillard, leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), said she wanted to avoid the "carry on" that usually arises from constant speculation of the likely date of the poll during an election year.

"I can act so Australia's parliament and government serves their full three-year term, so it is clear and certain when the election will be held," Gillard said.

"So today I announce that I will advise the Governor-General to dissolve the House of Representatives and issue the writs on Monday, August 12 for an election for the House and half the Senate to be held on Saturday, the 14th of September."

"I do so not to start the nation's longest election campaign, quite the opposite," Gillard said. "It should be clear to all which are the days of governing, and which are the days of campaigning."

"It gives shape and order to the year, and enables it to be one not of fevered campaigning, but of cool and reasoned deliberation, " she said.