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Turnbull to seek July 2 election as reform bill fails

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Mr Turnbull must now overcome voter perceptions that his government lacks direction, and he has little in the coffers to offer as pre-election sweeteners in the budget.

Canberra

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he intends to hold an election on July 2 after the Senate blocked legislation aimed at curbing trade union powers.

Rejection of the legislation to bring back a building industry watchdog has given the government a

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