Australia

Date For Australian General Election Announced

September 14

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called a general election for 14 September.

Ms Gillard said that she would ask Governor-General Quentin Bryce to order that parliament be dissolved on 12 August.

She said the announcement, eight months in advance, was "not to start the nation's longest election campaign" but to give "shape and order" to the year.