Australian PM Calls for Elections After Union Legislation Voted Down

Australia will likely head to the polls on 2 July after the federal upper house voted down legislation aimed at policing construction industry unions.

The Australian Building Commission and Construction Commission (ABCC) bill was defeated by 36 votes to 34.

The Senate has voted down the ABCC bill twice, giving the government the trigger for calling an early election.

An election may benefit Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who needs a clear mandate amid falling opinion polls.

Mr Turnbull used an obscure provision in the constitution to call back parliament from its recess to debate the ABCC bill this week.

The prime minister had made it clear that if senators rejected the bill a second time, he would call what is known in Australia as a double-dissolution election.

That’s a mechanism in the Australian constitution that allows the government to call for an election if a piece of legislation is blocked twice in the upper house.

via BBC

Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, he established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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