Australian political mayhem? Please. We're just getting started

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during House of Representatives question time at Parliament House on February 11, 2016 in Canberra, Australia.
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You've probably read a lot about the state of Australian politics lately. Well, get ready to read a whole lot more, because things are just getting warmed up.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he will call a double dissolution election on July 2, if a special sitting of parliament on April 18 does not pass a controversial set of industrial relations laws.

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Those laws would re-introduce two things: the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the Registered Organizations Commission.

You can read all about it here.

Still confused? Don't worry, because some Aussies feel the same.

As Jake Byrne posted on Facebook: "Can someone tell me what a double dissolution election is and why it's a huge deal? And then, if there's such a thing as a single dissolution and what that is as well? Thanks in advance."

And Dayan Warna asked, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, in a post: "Government passes senate reform legislation. Government threatens double dissolution. WHO SAW THIS COMING?"

Well, a few people did.

The two pieces of legislation have already failed to pass the Senate, and the Opposition and independents have renewed their pledges to not to pass the bills.

Under Australia's constitution, if the Senate rejects the same bill twice, the Prime Minister can request that the Governor-General to dissolve parliament.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Parliament House on February 10, 2016 in Canberra.
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Now, the prospect of going back to the polls has Australians seeing red.

Arthur Trevaskis posted on Facebook: "EARLY ELECTION??? I don't believe the PM has sufficient good reason to call either an early election, or a double dissolution election."

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Karen Maree Teresa Hancock posted: "Another Federal Election looming, another chance for Australia to be the political laughingstock of the free world!"

Yes, it's been a turbulent time for Australian politics. The election wasn't scheduled until January 2017.

And as Andrei Nikulinsky posted: "Awesome. So now we get a 15 week election campaign, with parliament sitting. Question time will be even more ludicrous than usual. Poor Australia."

The Federal Budget has also been moved ahead by one week.

It was previously scheduled for May 10. It's now been bought forward to May 3.

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Treasurer Scott Morrison was told the good news at 10 a.m. local time this morning.

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There have been six double dissolutions in the Australian parliament – the most recent was 1987.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says Turnbull is in full panic mode.

But others, like fictional US President Frank Underwood from the Netflix series "House of Cards," say it's a political masterstroke.

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Let the games begin!

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