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Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese: When is the next Australian federal election?



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Scott Morrison has declared he is the underdog for the next election as he continues an unofficial campaign which is expected to last six months.

In his first domestic tour since the end of Covid lockdowns in Victoria and NSW – and just days after returning from a major climate summit in the UK – the Prime Minister last week visited Melbourne where he made pasta, served breakfast to veterans, and opened an Indian community centre.

Continuing his campaign-style blitz, Mr Morrison kicked off this week in the key battleground of western Sydney where he visited a metal factory and spruiked his support for small businesses.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Liberal member for Higgins Katie Allen make gnocchi pasta during a visit to Sugo restaurant in Malvern, Melbourne last Tuesday

Mr Morrison during the opening of the Australian Indian Community Centre in Melbourne on Friday

Mr Morrison during the opening of the Australian Indian Community Centre in Melbourne on Friday

Month of next federal election odds

January: $34

February: $18

March: $2

April: $8

May: $1.75

Source: Sportsbet 

The visit came as the latest Newspoll put Labor ahead of the Coalition for the eighth time in a row since June, at 53 per cent to 47 per cent on a two-party basis.

Asked on Monday if he considers himself the underdog at the next election, Mr Morrison replied: ‘Well, I think that’s fairly clear. 

‘And I’ve been there before,’ he said in reference to his surprise victory against Bill Shorten in 2019.

The Prime Minister has the power to call an election any time up to the end of May when the current senate term ends.

Elections must be held on a Saturday, meaning May 21 is the latest possible date. 

The poll must be called at least five weeks in advance, meaning December is all but out of the question because the only date left is Christmas Day.  

No federal election has ever been held as Australians enjoy their summer holidays in January or February so the most likely months are March, April or May. 

All Saturdays in March are possible. March 19 would clash with the South Australian election but it can be moved by three weeks if a federal election is held in the same month. 

April 2, April 9 and April 30 are possible but April 16 is Easter Saturday, which also makes April 23 less likely because campaigning will be disrupted over the public holiday weekend.

The options in May are 7, 14, and 21 and on Thursday the Prime Minister gave his strongest hint yet this would be his favoured month, telling Nine’s Today show: ‘It’s due in May of next year.’

The next day Defence Minister Peter Dutton revealed he also expects a May election, saying: ‘I think it’s another six months, so buckle up.’  

Mr Morrison later admitted the campaign has effectively already started, telling 3AW: ‘Some people say it never ends.’ 

Scott Morrison serves members breakfast during a visit to Doncaster RSL in Melbourne on Thursday

Scott Morrison serves members breakfast during a visit to Doncaster RSL in Melbourne on Thursday

Mr Morrison sits inside an electric vehicle at an engineering facility specialising in renewable technology during a visit to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales on November 8

Mr Morrison sits inside an electric vehicle at an engineering facility specialising in renewable technology during a visit to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales on November 8

Scott Morrison’s photo ops 

November 8: Drives electric vehicle in the NSW Hunter Valley 

November 9: Makes pasta in Malvern, Melbourne

November 10: Speech to Melbourne’s Chamber of Commerce

November 11: Serves breakfast at an Melbourne RSL 

November 12: Opens Indian Community Centre in Melbourne

November 15: Visits metal factory in Penrith, NSW 

We will get a huge clue about the election date when Mr Morrison announces the date for the Federal Budget, which is normally held on the second Tuesday of May.

In December 2018, the Prime Minister announced the 2019-20 Budget would be released on 2 April, giving him a platform to campaign on for six weeks before the May 18 election.  

It was a winning formula for the Coalition and helps explain why the bookies favour a May election again this time around. 

Labor, led by Anthony Albanese, needs to make a net gain of eight seats to claim a majority but the party has only won 10 out of 29 elections since WWII. 

Labor continues to lead the federal government in the latest Newspoll while approval for opposition leader Anthony Albanese has risen.

The poll published in The Australian on Monday shows Labor is ahead of the coalition on a two-party preferred basis, at 53 per cent to 47 per cent.

On a primary vote basis, Labor is also ahead on 38 per cent compared to 37 per cent for the government.

Asked who would be a better prime minister the poll of 1524 voters picked Scott Morrison, but his result of 46 per cent was down from 48 per cent in the previous poll.

Mr Albanese gained four percentage points to 38 per cent. Support for the Greens was unchanged at 11 per cent, on a two-party basis. The poll was conducted between November 10 and November 13.    

Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a visit to Baker and Proven metal factory in St Marys, Sydney on Monday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a visit to Baker and Proven metal factory in St Marys, Sydney on Monday


Controversy in Ibadan over students allegedly turned to yam tubers by ritualist




Ibadan, the Oyo State capital is currently witnessing a storm of claims and counter-claims over a report that two students of Bashorun High School were allegedly turned to tubers of yam by a suspected ritualist.

The incident was said to have occurred yesterday, Friday December 3, 2021.

1st News reports that the bizarre incident had trended for hours on social media yesterday. The suspected ritualist (names withheld) had allegedly turned two students of the school to tubers of yam; using two unused diapers for the diabolic act. Further, the suspect was allegedly caught by a local security guard around Bode Wasinmi-Bashorun axis at a location close to the school.

The man was subsequently set ablaze by an irate crowd which gathered at the scene.

Since the rumours broke, there has been palpable fear in the minds of residents and unrest in the community; especially among parents and guardians whose children and wards attend the school.

However, in a swift reaction, the Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Abiodun Abdulramah, has poured cold water on the rumours, adding that there was no case of students being turned into yam tubers. Abdularamah made the clarification while addressing students, parents and guardians of when he visited the school.


The commissioner had visited the school on Friday afternoon while on a fact-finding mission; following a trending report on social media that the incident happened in the school.

Abdulramah said findings from the school management showed that none of the school students was reported missing. Additionally, the commissioner called for calm. He assured the parents that the security operatives would dig deeper into the incident to unravel details of what really happened.

Meanwhile, the commissioner admonished the general public to remain patient; adding that the safety of every resident in the state was a priority for the Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration.

In other news, a woman has been arrested for allegedly setting ablaze another woman suspected to be her husband’s lover.

The incident occurred in Ado – Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.

The woman, identified as Kehinde, a mother of three children, allegedly poured petrol on the victim, identified as 23-year-old Tosin Olugbade and subsequently set her ablaze after a disagreement. She was subsequently arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command.

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Panic As Explosion Rocks Housing Estate In Borno



An explosion on Saturday morning at 1000 Housing Estate in Maiduguri, Borno State, left residents in fear and confusion. 

According to a report by Daily Trust, the explosion was believed to have been triggered by Boko Haram fighters.

Also, a rocket launcher landed at Gomari Airport, a community about four kilometres from the airport located in the state capital.

Details of the incidents were sketchy at the time of this report.

In a video shared online, residents of the estate were seen discussing the incident in groups.

A large crowd was also seen in one of the houses affected by the explosion.

One of the residents said no life was lost in the incident.


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Farmers cry out as Katsina government blocks dam



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Farmers in Ajiwa and other communities using the Ajiwa Dam for irrigation have cried out to the Katsina State government to reopen the canals that feed them water from the dam.

This is even as the state government said it blocked the canals to carry out repairs and expansion of the dam.

But the farmers said the state government did not inform them about the project and has not assisted them with alternative measures to sustain their farms.

PREMIUM TIMES visited Ajiwa Dam on Thursday and saw farmers in the area digging the ground to source water for their plants.

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Usman Hassan, a farmer from Gangarawa, said the unavailability of water is affecting his plants.

Mr Hassan, who produces lettuce, pepper, onion and garden eggs, said he would soon abandon the farm due to lack of water.

“They have been asking us to return to the farm. We are serious farmers year in year out but what has the government done to support us? Blocking the canals that supply water to us is wickedness because they did not even inform us, we just woke up to see all the water supply stopped,” he lamented.

He faulted the water board management for not releasing the water despite pleas made by the farmers.

All the farmers told Premium TIMES that for 22 days, they had been left to look for alternatives to water their plants.

Lawal Umar

Lawal Umar said he has been engaged in irrigation farming for years but the management of the dam has been making it hard for them.

“This time, I had already planted my tomatoes and pepper and they were growing when suddenly the water stopped coming. We have been complaining to those involved but they kept telling us that we should meet the Commissioner (of Water Resources). Even the dam manager asked us to see the Commissioner because he is the only person that can address our issue,” Mr Umar said.

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Usman Sule

On his part, Usman Sule from Kazama village complained that since the water they get is waste, the water resources ministry should help reopen the canals for them.


“The water we get is waste because they generate from the filter. I don’t know why they should be hoarding the water for us. It is wastewater from the clean water being sent to the Katsina metropolis,” he said.

About 300 farmers benefit from irrigation system farming in the dam area.

During the visit by this reporter, several farmers were seen using generating set to get water while others were busy digging the earth.

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The ministry of water resources in the state said the dam is being repaired and its capacity is being boosted.


A statement sent to this reporter by the public relations officer of the ministry, Bashir Kurfi, said the state government signed for the work.

“CCECC Nigeria limited is working for the improvement of Ajiwa dam and spillway. The project will cost N3, 309, 803, 986. The work will be concluded in the next 18 months.”

Mr Kurfi said the ongoing work on the dam site was the reason for the blockade.

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