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Fractured Australian government sets stage for May election with early budget

November 27, 2018 5:42 AM
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday his government will deliver its annual budget early as it prepares for an election due by May, but suffered an immediate setback when one of his MPs said she was quitting his party.

Morrison said his conservative Liberal-National coalition government would deliver Australia’s first budget surplus since 2007/2008. The budget, for the financial year beginning July 1, will be delivered on April 2, about a month earlier than usual.

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