ELECTION FATIGUE BEFORE THE FEVER
I HAVE to be honest and say I already have election fatigue and we still have another seven weeks to go before polling day. This campaign is the longest since 1969 and I think the political parties will have some trouble holding the public’s attention through to the end. This has been compounded by weeks of pseudo electioneering that went on before Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for the dissolution of both Houses of Parliament. It has been a presidential-style contest in the early part of the campaign, with a heavy focus on Mr Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. That should suit the Liberals, given Mr Shorten’s perceived lack of popularity in the polls. However, has either leader got the charisma and strength to carry their party to victory over such an arduous journey? In addition, the media will likely chase more and more quirky stories to keep our attention. This campaign could quickly deteriorate into a dogfight.
Rick Lee - regional editor