The election dates

  1. Parliament dissolves on Friday 3 October (just three days before it happens automatically)
  2. Writ Day is on Wednesday 8 October – this is what triggers the actual election
  3. Nominations Day is Tuesday 14 October – this is the day all nominations and party lists must be in by.
  4. The election is on Saturday 8 November 2008
  5. The official results and writs must be declared and returned by Saturday 22 Thursday 27 November 2008
  6. The 49th Parliament must convene no later than Saturday 3 Thursday 8 January 2009 (in reality it will almost certainly meet before Christmas. )

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