November looms as federal election date

9th August 2007November has emerged as the likely month for this year’s federal election.

About $7 million worth of Liberal Party advertising bookings indicate the prime minister is contemplating a November election, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The bulk of the bookings with the three commercial TV networks, extends from early October to the end of November, the newspaper reports.

Some ad space that the Liberals had reserved for September was cancelled, it reports.

John Howard can call an election as late as January 19.

But if he is contemplating a November election, as the bookings indicate, it would be the first time in 20 years that a prime minister has allowed his term to run significantly beyond the third anniversary of the previous election.

The last election was held on October 9, 2004.