Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION - Rick Lee - re­gional editor

TO­DAY, I feel like a lucky man… lucky to live in a demo­cratic coun­try that al­lows po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates to ar­gue their case for elec­tion for 55 days straight. I am grate­ful that in 39 days it will all be over and we can get back to a more bal­anced me­dia diet of sport, cook­ing com­pe­ti­tions and match­mak­ing shows. Though most Fre­man­tle Dock­ers fans prob­a­bly wel­come the dis­trac­tion of a Fed­eral Elec­tion, it will be a re­lief to leave the rough-and­tum­ble of po­lit­i­cal joust­ing to con­cen­trate on the im­por­tant is­sues - such as whether Pav is go­ing to play out the sea­son or re­tire with due fan­fare half­way through the sea­son. At least it would give the bedrag­gled Pur­ple Army some­thing to cheer about. And for all those re­al­ity TV junkies, the new sea­son of The

Bach­e­lor starts next month. Let us hope the po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing does not over­shadow the pre­miere of such an aus­pi­cious pro­gram.

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