Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Other Side of Pollies

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Other Side of Pollies

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Byline: commentDAVID BANCROFT david.bancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

ONE of the enormous perks of being a journalist or newspaper editor is the access it provides us to our political leaders.

We get to spend time with politicians that members of

the general public are rarely

afforded.

Because of that, we probably get to see them in a slightly different light.

It is perhaps different with our local MPs, and people like Steve Cansdell and Janelle Saffin are considered much more favourably locally than more remote MPs, simply because more people get to know them and realise they are

human and interested in doing what is best for the community.

On Monday I joined 13 other editors from across the APN network in Maroochydore for a two-day conference.

On that first day we were joined by the leader of the Liberal-National Party Campbell Newman and on Tuesday by the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

Both spent more than an hour with us, accepting and answering every question

editors could throw at them. …

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