Bill Shorten says he is ‘surprised’ Speaker has not yet issued writs for ballots in five electorates

Bill Shorten has said he is “surprised” the Speaker of the lower house has not issued writs and named the date of the five “Super Saturday” byelections, which Anthony Albanese has claimed is an attempt to shield the government from scrutiny.

With Labor’s heavy hitters descending on Longman and Braddon to defend the two marginal seats, battle lines have also been drawn in Mayo with the preselection of Georgina Downer for the Liberals, and in Fremantle, where the Greens will be represented by Dorinda Cox.

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