Given that this weekend has a public holiday, and is the start of school holidays in NSW, my prediction is as follows.
- John Howard will call the election during the seek after school returns. The Governor-General is overseas, and to call the election during the holidays would not go well with voters psyche.
- If he calls the election during that week (15-20 October), the election will be held on Sat 1st December. John Howard would not want it to be any later - that would interfere with voters' Christmas shopping, and be too close to the start of school Christmas Holidays, neither of which would please voters.
So, Saturday 1st December is my prediction for the date of the Federal election.