Malcolm Turnbull is ready to go to an early election.
Malcolm Turnbull is ready to go to an early election.

Senators gather as Turnbull readies for election

A DOUBLE dissolution election in early July is being tipped as the most likely outcome of parliamentary sittings as senators gather to debate the Turnbull Government's bills on union transparency and the building industry watchdog.

The two bills, if rejected by het Senate, will hand Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull they trigger he is seeking to call a double dissolution election for July 2.

But despite a raft of Senate crossbenchers seeking amendments to the two bills, the government is now expected to seek an all or nothing approach, all-but sealing the likelihood of the early poll.

It comes as Mr Turnbull faces an increasingly agitated Coalition party room as two polls out on Monday showed the government losing steam to Labor.

The Fairfax-Ipsos poll showed the two major parties neck and neck on the two-party-preferred measure, after the Coalition lost three points to Labor in the past fortnight.

Similarly, the Newspoll published in The Australian showed Labor now in front of the Coalition, on 51-49 on the same measure.


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