Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told The Daily Telegraph, “No one knows. That’s the short answer.”
“There’s plenty of people in the Yes and No camps. But my political instincts suggest to me the greatest thing the Liberals have going for them at the moment is Bill Shorten,” Senator Bernardi said.
“And if the Labor party lose one or two of the by-elections (to be held later this month), I think that may be an impetus for the government to roll the dice and maybe go in October or November.”
Senator Bernardi predicted there would still be a large vote for minority parties and a high number of crossbench MPs in the Senate.
“It’s clear that [people] don’t trust the major parties. They expect them to form government but they want a stable alternative to provide some rigorous support in the senate.”
Mr Turnbull has denied multiple times in recent months he would call an election early, saying repeatedly it would be held next year.
Conservative Party South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert has told radio station FIVEaa, the Prime Minister can call an election anytime between August and May.
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