Australia's Parliament House in Canberra. Photo by: REUTERS/David Gray

CANBERRA — The 45th Parliament of Australia has officially concluded, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday dissolving the government and announcing general elections for May 18.

For the two major parties, the Liberal Party of Australia and Australian Labor Party, the election will be primarily focused on local issues. Morrison’s campaign is centered on a strong Australian economy to build Australia over the coming decade. Labor leader Bill Shorten is focused on a “fair go” by tackling concerns of growing inequality, with local action on climate change also creating a divide between the two parties.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.