I know there's really only one election in the world this year that anyone cares about, but we are going to have one here in October, too. I'm not a huge fan of the man at the top (though I can't say I hate the reduction in the goods and services tax) so I'm not going to call him by name.
The prime minister decided to call an election because, as he says, the minority government he leads is unable to move forward.
Last year or the year before, the prime minister passed legislation (though non-binding so what the frick is the point) dictating when elections would be held (you know, like in the states where everyone knows when the next election is) so that it wouldn't just be at the whim of a whiny prime minister or an especially sore opposition.
He admits that the most likely outcome is an election that will result in the same kind of minority government.
So why is he doing it? Sounds like a huge waste of money to me.