This business of winning elections
WINNING elections seems to have become big business... or perhaps that’s always been the way. People in the Dubbo region have been actively surveyed again this month about their voting intentions for the 2019 State Election. Apparently parties and/or candidates with deep enough pockets have been contracting research companies to randomly call Dubbo people – on whose behalf the surveys are being conducted isn’t revealed.
You’d have to hope they’re respecting the Do Not Call register. I know of at least one person with an unlisted number who was called, and another local told me they got one of these calls on their mobile – “How did they know which electorate I live in from just a mobile number?” That would suggest there’s some data collection going to work out who to call.
Then there’s the campaign offices, the marketing, and in some cases the staff... all adding up to a big cost to get elected these days.
Despite some vague assurances from government that election spending is not unlimited, you could be forgiven for thinking those with the best chance of being elected are the ones with healthy financial backing.