Federal election 2013: Date announcement earliest ever
Posted 31/01/2013 by Rob Lundie
Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement on 30 January 2013 that the next Federal election will be on Saturday 14 September is the earliest a federal election has ever been announced. This Flagpost details previous early election announcements, reactions to this year's announcement and significant dates in the election timetable.
The previous earliest election date announcement was in 1966 when a House of Representatives only election was announced on Thursday 11 August and held on 26 November. This was a period of three and a half months compared to this year’s period of seven and a half months. The previous earliest announcement for a half-Senate and House of Representatives election was on 25 February 1913 with the election held three months and seven days later on 31 May.
Table: Periods greater than three months between election date announcement and polling date
|Election year ||Type of election ||Election date announced ||Polling date ||Period between election announcement and polling date* ||Election result |
|2013 ||Half-Sen, Reps ||30 Jan ||14 Sep ||7 months 16 days || |
|1966 ||Reps only ||11 Aug ||26 Nov ||3 months 16 days ||Govt won |
|1913 ||Half-Sen, Reps ||25 Feb ||31 May ||3 months 7 days ||Govt lost |
|1954 ||Reps only ||24 Feb ||29 May ||3 months 6 days ||Govt won |
|1958 ||Half-Sen, Reps ||20 Aug ||22 Nov ||3 months 3 days ||Govt won |
|1910 ||Half-Sen, Reps ||12 Jan ||13 Apr ||3 months 2 days ||Govt lost |
*Includes both the announcement date and the polling date
The election date is in accord with the 2010 agreement
between the Prime Minister and Independent MPs Tony Windsor
and Rob Oakeshott for an election to be held in either September or October. They both welcomed the announcement as did the Greens whose leader Senator Christine Milne
called for the implementation of fixed three-year terms. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said the Coalition was ready for the election. The Caretaker Period will commence when the House of Representatives is dissolved.
Parliament will sit for nine weeks with its last sitting day scheduled to be on Thursday 27 June 2013. The Australian Electoral Commission has set out the following election timetable
Issue of writ:
Monday 12 August 2013
Close of rolls:
8 pm Monday 19 August 2013
Close of candidate nominations:
12 midday Thursday 22 August 2013
Declaration of candidate nominations:
12 midday Friday 23 August 2013
Saturday 14 September 2013
Co-authored by Deirdre McKeown
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