Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann.
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann. Sarah Harvey

Neumann scotches rumours of early federal poll

THERE will be no early election.

That is the word from Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann in response to rumours that the Labor Government was considering going to the polls in April of next year, before the announcement of the budget in May.

But Mr Neumann has rubbished the claims and said the government intended to go its full term.

"The election will be late next year," Mr Neumann said.

"The Prime Minister has made it plain that the election will be some time between September and November. The Australian people expect that parliament should serve its full term of three years. There has got to be exceptional circumstances to go to the polls early and at the moment the Prime Minister has not given any indication that she believes there are any exceptional circumstances."

Mr Neumann said the government would have no trouble paying for some of its key programs such as the national disability insurance scheme and education reform.

"The government has made $146 billion in savings, most of those opposed by [the Liberals]," he said.

"We have made it clear that there will be legislation in the House of Representatives this week on a national disability insurance scheme. We've already put $1 billion on the table."



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