Gillard announces federal election for September 14

In what is likely to be labeled the longest ever election campaign, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that the federal election, due this year, will be held on September 14.
Ms Gillard made the surprise announcement during an address to the National Press Club in Canberra today.
The Labor leader said she wanted to avoid the ‘carry on’ that usually arises from constant speculation of the likely poll date that occurs during an election year.