Election snaps us to action
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.