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Australia election

Australian PM Morrison calls general election on May 21

Trailing in polls, ruling coalition is attacking Labor for being 'pro-China'

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to reporters in Sydney on Feb. 24.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday called a general election for May 21, waiting until close to the last possible date for a poll as his coalition's ratings remain sluggish.

The prime minister has been unable to convince voters that his government's policies differ from those of Labor, the country's biggest opposition party. Instead, the coalition has been slinging mud at Labor, accusing it of being "pro-China."

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