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The Prime Minister has called the election

Image: Scott Morrison and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove in 2018

The Prime Minister has announced the date of the 2019 federal election after visiting the Governor-General in Canberra.

Australians will go to the polls on Saturday, May 18.

The PM went to Sir Peter Cosgrove’s residence at Yarralumla in the early hours of this morning, asking him to dissolve the 45th parliament and declare the election.

Scott Morrison’s Instagram Story post

It means the country is now in caretaker mode.

Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Bill Shorten spend the next five weeks campaigning across the country.

Labor is in the box seat to win the election, leading 52-48 in the latest Newspoll.

Mr Morrison is planning to fight the election on the economy and security, claiming Labor would damage the nation’s finances.

Mr Shorten will focus his campaign on health and education.

Australians have until next Thursday, April 18, to make sure they’re on the electoral roll and to check their details are correct.