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Part 3 - Elections - Introduction - Next election

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Next election

Every House of Representatives shall continue for three years from its first meeting. As the current House first met on 28 September 2010, it is due to expire on 27 September 2013, although it may be dissolved sooner with the election date nominated by the Prime Minister.

If the House of Representatives continues until its expiry date, then the election must be held on a Saturday no more than 68 days later, that is by 30 November 2013.

Although the election of senators whose terms expire on 30 June 2014 may be held as late as 24 May 2014 at a half-Senate election, a simultaneous House of Representatives and half-Senate election must be held no earlier than 3 August 2013 and no later than 30 November 2013.

A double dissolution election cannot be held later than 1 June 2013.

For details, see R Lundie, Australian elections timetable, DPS Background Note, 2008-09 at:

www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/bn/2008-09/Aust_elections.htm