from the edi­tors desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THERE’S lit­tle won­der peo­ple around Aus­tralia seem dis­il­lu­sioned and dis­en­gaged.

I love a good po­lit­i­cal de­bate but even I am look­ing for­ward to the end of the fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign.

Here in Daw­son it’s in­ter­ested me to see how many can­di­dates have thrown their hat into the ring – seven this time around. But when I at­tended last week’s elec­tion fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Whit­sun­day Cham­ber of Com­merce, I was par­tic­u­larly struck with how lit­tle some can­di­dates seemed to know about their own par­ties’ poli­cies.

Ad­mit­tedly, all were hon­est with the au­di­ence, say­ing they would take is­sues they weren’t com­pletely across on ad­vise­ment and get back to in­di­vid­u­als when they were bet­ter in­formed.

For their hon­esty at least, I thank them.

How­ever, I had to pon­der what would hap­pen if a can­di­date who didn’t fully un­der­stand our lo­cal is­sues was in fact elected to the seat.

Granted, most peo­ple would con­sider this elec­tion a two-party pre­ferred race, but with the grow­ing dis­con­tent of a pop­u­la­tion bored of party in-fight­ing and empty prom­ises, any­thing is pos­si­ble in this day and age.

The other point that’s come across loud and clear in re­cent weeks is what our com­mu­nity be­lieves the elec­tion is­sues are.

Whether you’re for or against the ex­pan­sion of Ab­bot Point, it’s cer­tainly been one of the top top­ics yet again.

And Mal­colm Turn­bull’s “jobs and growth” slo­gan has reigned supreme over the last eight weeks.

End­ing on an­other one, think care­fully how you vote be­cause “you get the gov­ern­ment you de­serve”. Sharon Small­wood Ed­i­tor

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