Scott Morrison calls federal election for May 21, setting up battle with Labor’s Anthony Albanese

Australians will get to decide who leads the country for the next three years when they go to the polls in a federal election on May 21.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison locked the date on Sunday after visiting the Governor-General in Canberra.

It sets up a six-week campaign that will pit Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National Coalition against a Labor Party led by Anthony Albanese.

Mr Morrison said he did not think his government was “perfect” but that the public would judge it on what it had done over the last term.

“Our government is not perfect – we’ve never claimed to be, but we are up-front and you may see some flaws but you can also see what we have achieved for Australia in incredibly difficult times,” he said.

“You can see our plan. Our plan will deliver more and better jobs and the lowest unemployment seen in some 50 years.”

The Prime Minister was asked how he was feeling about the upcoming election, given the recent attacks on his personal character.

Mr Morrison has been accused of being a bully and a liar by members of his own party, including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce – claims he has denied.

“This election, others will seek to make it about me [but] it’s about the people watching this right now, “Mr Morrison said.

“It’s about them. What we’ve demonstrated over these past three years is the ability to make those decisions that have ensured that Australia’s recovery is leading the world.”


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