Finally the Prime Minister has given us an election date.
On the 7th of September we Australians will be dragging ourselves to the local primary school or senior citz centre to have our say on who will run the country for the next few years.
Before we get our hands on the ballot paper though, we will have to run the gauntlet of the pamphlet wavers at the gate looking for a few late converts, and it is more than likely we will have submitted to the temptation of the traditional fund-raising sausage sizzle.
Until that day we will have to suffer through that most invasive of things, an election campaign.
The pollies will be doing their best to get their heads on tv and have their say on radio at every opportunity. They will be haunting our letter boxes and making unexpected public appearances. By the time the big day rolls around we will be so heartily sick of them it will be hard to decide which one we want to vote for.
Who are we least annoyed with?! Who has made the promises we like the best (although we know most of them are what is known as ‘non-core promises’ and therefore not real promises at all).*
Have any of them made real promises or is it all one-upmanship and will most of what they said be forgotten once they have won? (‘cos that never happens).
Do we even know who our local member is, or have they just kept a low profile because it is a safe seat and if they stick their head up over the trenches things could go horribly wrong….
I thought this was an appropriate song for the occasion, Highway To Hell (sung on the music quiz show, Rockwiz) by Sarah McLeod and the candidate for the Nationals in the seat of Throsby, NSW, Angry Anderson.
*How much money will Holden wring out of the winner before finding that it wasn’t going to be financially viable to stay here after all, taking the millions anyway and beginning the wind-up of the plant. (BRW)