This busi­ness of win­ning elec­tions

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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.

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