The Australian leader promises the first budget surplus in a decade

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FILE PHOTO – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during INPEX gala dinner in Darwin, Australia, November 16, 2018. David Moir / Pool via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australian Conservative Government will deliver the country's first budget in a decade with a surplus in April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Morrison said his government will deliver its annual budget proposal on April 2, before the traditional May start date.

The moves come when Morrison's government prepares for federal elections because of May.

The new financial year begins on July 1st.

Colin Packham signaling; Editing by Richard Borsuk

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