from the editors desk
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