Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has reaffirmed parliament will resume on August 20 if a federal election has not been called by then.

Both houses of parliament were scheduled to convene on August 20, but the election called by former prime minister Julia Gillard would have put government business on hold.

Kevin Rudd is still to name a new election date - and Monday is the last day the writs can be issued for an August poll.

Legally the election could be held as late as November 30.

Mr Albanese said "of course" parliament would convene on August 20 if an election had not been called.

"That's the reason why you put out the timetable," he told ABC radio on Monday.

The coalition has accused the Rudd government of running away from the Australian people and governing on "stolen time" by delaying an election date.

The government is working on an economic statement to be delivered before the federal election that will spell out how Labor intends to pay for its promises.

Mr Albanese said the government would ensure a return to budget surplus over time, but not in a way that would damage the economy or destroy jobs.

He challenged the coalition to submit their costings to Treasury, accusing them of trying to "sneak into office" before slashing money from public services.