Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

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. But 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

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