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Budget seen as sweetener to woo Australian voters

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison outside Parliament House during morning TV interviews following the handing down of last night's Federal Budget at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 03 April 2019.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison outside Parliament House during morning TV interviews following the handing down of last night's Federal Budget at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 03 April 2019.CREDIT: EPA-EFE

In the coming days in Canberra, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will make a short drive to the majestic residence of the nation's head of state - the Governor-General - to receive official permission to hold a federal election next month.

It is not yet known when exactly Mr Morrison will make the drive, or which Saturday in May he has in mind for the election. His decision will probably be determined by the response to his first federal Budget as prime minister on Tuesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2019, with the headline 'Budget seen as sweetener to woo Australian voters'. Print Edition | Subscribe