14 September. The day in 752 BC that Romulus killed Remus. The day in 81 AD that Domitian became Emperor after the death of his brother Titus. The day in 1741 when Handel completed his Messiah. The day in 1752 that the British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar thus skipping eleven days. The day in 1791 that the Papal States lost Avignon. The day in 1812 that Napoleon’s army enter Moscow. The day in 1901 that US President William McKinley died after being shot on 6 September. The day in 1959 that the Soviet probe Luna 2 crashed into the moon – the first man-made object to reach the moon. The date in 1960 that OPEC was formed. The date in 1984 that Joe Kittinger (who assisted Felix Baumgartner in last year’s record balloon flight and who set the record in 1960) became the first person to cross the Atlantic solo in a balloon. The date in 2007 when Northern Rock experienced a bank run.
And now, 14 September 2013 - the date the Prime Minister has announced for the next Australian Federal election.
But don’t bet your house quite yet. After all, this is yet one more promise to break.
Perhaps the Prime Minister expects someone like Peter Slipper or Craig Thompson to be forced to leave Parliament and then she can exert pressure to continue as Prime Minister ‘in the interests of certainty’ given the announced election date.
Perhaps she will catch everyone by surprise by exploiting an earlier opportunity.
Perhaps 12 August will come around and she will forget to visit the Governor General.
Until she formally advises the Governor General, and the latter accepts the advice and signs an instrument dissolving the House of Representatives, this is yet another promise to be broken.