The Prime Minister’s announcement of a date for the Federal Election is good news for Australia and Australians. It means both the public and private sectors can plan the next eight months in an organised way. This increased certainty is good for business, good for the public service – both Commonwealth and State – and good for community groups and NGOs.
There should be less focus on whether the Prime Minister’s decision is politically clever or not, and more focus on whether it is a good decision for the nation, which it is.
Indeed it would be a good thing if both Government and Opposition committed to fixing Commonwealth election dates in advance. It already happens in the US, and in a number of Australian States, and it works well.