Australian PM Turnbull to Call Election Later Today, ABC Says

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel Meets Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may call an election for July 2 later today after visiting the Governor-General in Canberra at about 1 p.m., the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Turnbull will probably hold a press conference at Parliament House about 2 p.m. to announce the double dissolution election, where both houses of Parliament are dissolved, ABC’s political editor Chris Uhlmann said on the Insiders program.

Turnbull’s coalition is tied 50:50 with the opposition Labor Party in terms of two-party preferred voter support, according to a Galaxy poll published Sunday in the Sunday Herald-Sun newspaper.

Australia’s ruling coalition is made up of Turnbull’s Liberal Party and junior partner National Party, which represents voters in rural areas.

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