Elec­tion snaps us to ac­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

MERRY Christ­mas, happy new year, happy hus­tings?

Never did I ex­pect to re­turn to the Isis Town & Coun­try after a three-week break and find the state in the grip of an elec­tion cam­paign.

I, like La­bor’s Bryan Mustill, the Greens and most other pun­ters, ex­pected the elec­tion to be held in early March.

It seems like a sneaky move to catch other par­ties off-guard but it is one that is tac­ti­cally bril­liant.

There is no bet­ter way to make the op­po­si­tion seem like dis­or­gan­ised rab­ble than to spring the sur­prise, and the LNP did it per­fectly.

Stephen Ben­nett said he only found out at 5am the morn­ing Premier Camp­bell New­man called the elec­tion, but hind­sight shows a grad­ual shift in lan­guage from the Bur­nett MP.

Mr New­man has al­ready been lam­pooned for his overuse of the word “strong” and even Mr Ben­nett was guilty of slip­ping more “strongs” into his speeches last year.

Be­tween now and Jan­uary 31, noth­ing will stop the strongs.

As the cam­paign con­tin­ues, Town & Coun­try will find out what the Bur­nett can­di­dates in­tend to do for the Isis re­gion.

As well as keep­ing up with both lo­cal and state an­nounce­ments, I will try to en­sure each can­di­date gets equal time and op­por­tu­nity to state their case. I in­vite read­ers to tell me your big­gest is­sues for the elec­tion so I can give you the in­for­ma­tion you want.

One more thing: I’m over the word hus­tings.

I’m glad it only comes out once ev­ery few years but I’m see­ing it ev­ery­where I turn – even the front page!

I can’t wait un­til Fe­bru­ary 1 and no­body says hus­tings again, well at least un­til the next elec­tion.

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