5 sleeps. Day 32. Tit for tat

The problem with politics is it can get really ugly. Mean, nasty, offensive, rude. Mostly in Australia we have very robust debate, but at the end of the day most politicians can sit down together and share a laugh and civil conversation.
Political supporters, though, can overstep the mark. We’ve seen that in the past couple of days in the ACT election campaign.
I wrote on Saturday how some young supporters had taken their love of democracy too far. It turns out Chief Minister Katy Gallagher was so perturbed by the actions of a group of men she deemed to be Young Liberals she called the police. She says the youngsters tailed her car, turned up at various locations she was at and generally harassed her. When I asked Zed Seselja about this today he asked for evidence, and said if it wasn’t forthcoming he would take Gallagher’s claims with a grain of salt.
And then today it was the Liberal Party’s turn to cry foul. A man was caught defacing one of its campaign trailers near Fyshwick. More concerning are claims a Liberal Party candidate has had his campaign posters daubed with racist graffiti. I met the candidate today at our breakfast broadcast in Gungahlin. He was a genuinely lovely bloke, with a passion for democracy and wanting to make a difference. The personal attacks on his posters make me sick to the core.
After claiming yesterday that NATSEM’s Ben Phillips was endorsing the Liberal claim that Labor will triple your rates, Seselja spent today trying to downplay the significance of the economist’s intervention.
Meanwhile the Liberal Party is talking up private polling which is showing it’s very close to picking up a third seat in Brindabella. The polling also shows it will pick up a seat from the Greens in Molonglo, but that Chic Henry still has work to do to win a seat in Ginninderra.
Which would leave the Liberal Party on eight seats, Labor on seven and the Greens on two. But it is only Monday.

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One wrong move, one bad fashion choice, could be enough to turn an election in the final week.

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One response to “5 sleeps. Day 32. Tit for tat

  1. private polling should always be taken with a grain of salt – let’s see the figures, sample size and methodology. Any sample for an electorate of around 500 will have a margin of error just under 5%. For multi member electorates trying to project outcomes with that size sample or smaller is just plain silly.

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