CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian prime minister says the governor-general has agreed to a July 2 election.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement after meeting with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove on Sunday.
The meeting makes official the July 2 election date that Turnbull had indicated last week.
Turnbull told reporters that an election win by the opposition would prevent the Australian economy from transitioning from a mining boom that that has passed to a more diversified economy.
It is the first early election in which all 76 Senate seats are up for grabs as well as the 150 House of Representatives seats since 1987.