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Northern Territory JOHN WANNA Australian and New Zealand School of Government, Australian National University, and Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University A Gnawing Start to the Federal Election After months of speculation, the Prime Minister John Howard on 29 August advised the Governor-General to call the election — setting 9 October as the date for the poll and commencing a long six-week campaign. Howard announced the House of Representatives (due to sit on Monday 30 August) would not be recalled despite the dissolution not occurring until three days later (the evening of Tuesday 31). However, Howard indicated a Senate committee would be allowed to sit until the end of Wednesday 1 September. The delay in dissolving Parliament meant cabinet could also meet (on the Tuesday 31 August) and process political business as usual. The government argued that caretaker conventions did not apply after the Prime Minister’s indication that an election would be called, only once the writs were actually issued. The delayed dissolution occurred because serious allegations had been made about Howard’s integrity over the 2001 “children overboard affair”1 by a senior defence official — challenging the Prime Minister’s recollections of when he knew the story was bogus. The official, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian Journal of Politics and History Wiley

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0004-9522
eISSN
1467-8497
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8497.2005.374_8.x
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Abstract

JOHN WANNA Australian and New Zealand School of Government, Australian National University, and Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University A Gnawing Start to the Federal Election After months of speculation, the Prime Minister John Howard on 29 August advised the Governor-General to call the election — setting 9 October as the date for the poll and commencing a long six-week campaign. Howard announced the House of Representatives (due to sit on Monday 30 August) would not be recalled despite the dissolution not occurring until three days later (the evening of Tuesday 31). However, Howard indicated a Senate committee would be allowed to sit until the end of Wednesday 1 September. The delay in dissolving Parliament meant cabinet could also meet (on the Tuesday 31 August) and process political business as usual. The government argued that caretaker conventions did not apply after the Prime Minister’s indication that an election would be called, only once the writs were actually issued. The delayed dissolution occurred because serious allegations had been made about Howard’s integrity over the 2001 “children overboard affair”1 by a senior defence official — challenging the Prime Minister’s recollections of when he knew the story was bogus. The official,

Journal

Australian Journal of Politics and HistoryWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2005

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