Change in the air for pol­lies

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

IT has taken al­most two weeks but the re­sult of the Ovens Val­ley elec­tion bat­tle has fi­nally been de­cided with in­cum­bent Tim McCurdy re­tain­ing the seat for the third time.

Although the Na­tion­als MP led all the way the mere fact it not only went to pref­er­ences but ac­tu­ally took the third dis­tri­bu­tion to de­cide the seat re­flected a statewide swing against the Coali­tion as La­bor dom­i­nated and in­de­pen­dents marginalised a num­ber of pre­vi­ously ‘safe’ seats.

In re­gional ar­eas like the North East where the con­ser­va­tive par­ties have tra­di­tion­ally dom­i­nated there seems to have been seen a need for change.

It ap­peared to be part of the swing against the Coali­tion seen fed­er­ally in re­cent by-elec­tions that go back even be­fore the Mal­colm Turn­bull lead­er­ship ruckus.

The next great test of the elec­torate will be in March or May next year with the fed­eral elec­tion which leaves lit­tle time for the Lib­eral and Na­tional par­ties to turn things around.

They will need to over­come some grow­ing per­cep­tions that they are out of touch with the ma­jor­ity on key is­sues such as cli­mate change, gen­der equal­ity, civil rights and in­clu­sive­ness.

Yet, de­spite the poll fig­ures and elec­tion re­sults, each time there is talk of mak­ing sub­tle changes to their poli­cies on these is­sues the mes­sage ends up the same.

It ap­pears un­less the Coali­tion lead­ers can con­vince more of the elec­torate their ex­ist­ing poli­cies are the ones to sup­port, and that doesn’t seem to have hap­pened since the last elec­tion, they are doomed to a sim­i­lar de­feat they ex­pe­ri­enced in the Vic­to­rian elec­tion.

Cam­paigns based mainly on fear and ap­peal­ing to your tra­di­tional base just don’t seem to work these days.

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