Fixed Election Dates

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Currently, while there is a term limit on Parliament, Parliament does not dissolve on a specific day, and there is no requirement to set elections in a speedy manner after Parliament is dissolved.

This allows the Prime Minister extraordinary latitude in instructing the Governor General when the writ for election day should apply, and often polling day is politicised by occurring after the implementation of some important pre-election legislation.

Setting a maximum date for Parliament to be in session and a mandated general election date when parliament has been through its full term should greatly limit the politicisation of election day by limiting control of the election date to calling early elections.

Electoral (Establishment of Fixed Election Dates) Amendment Bill

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