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CANBERRA, AAP – Australians could be sent to the polls for a federal election any time from August 2021 to May 2022. What’s the state of play?

THE FEDERAL ELECTION BALLPARK

House of Representatives (151 members)

* 23 Liberal National Party of Queensland

* 43 Liberal Party of Australia

* 10 The Nationals

(* 76 in total for Coalition government)

* 68 Australian Labor Party

* 1 Australian Greens

* 1 Centre Alliance

* 4 Independent

* 1 Katter’s Australian Party

WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?

* Due to a redistribution, Western Australia will lose a seat (Stirling, held by the Liberals) and Victoria will gain one (Hawke, nominally safe Labor)

* Retirees so far include: Andrew Laming (LNP, Bowman), Chris Hayes (Labor, Werriwa), Warren Snowdon (Labor, Lingiari), Nicolle Flint (Liberal, Boothby), Kevin Andrews (Liberal, Menzies)

* Since the last election, Anthony Albanese has taken over as Labor leader

* By-elections have been held in Groom (LNP retain) and Eden-Monaro (Labor retain).

WHAT DO THE POLLS SAY?

* The latest Newspoll gave Labor a 52 to 48 two-party preferred lead. Primary vote was 40 per cent for coalition, 38 per cent for Labor, 11 per cent for Greens

* The two-party figure for the 2019 election was 51.53 to 48.47 to the coalition

* Labor would need to gain a net eight seats on a uniform swing of 3.2 per cent for a majority.