Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Party Lines Blur in Policy Mix

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Party Lines Blur in Policy Mix

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I HAVE resisted any temptation to go on about Tony Rudd or Kevin Abbott for fear of mixing up their names as well as their policies.

Sorting out all their "d"s, "b"s and "t"s has been as big a challenge as sorting out the porkies from the facts.

The likelihood of Ian Macfarlane losing is very similar to the chance of a second range crossing being built in the foreseeable future.

It's irrelevant whether you give him all the "a"s his name deserves. Born in Kingaroy, with second name Elgin, he needs your sympathy far more than your vote.

It would need a swing of 18.5% against him before he would become superannuation-ready.

With seven largely anonymous other candidates, I'd be very surprised if he's feeling particularly stressed leading up to Saturday's bun-fight.

I'm quite interested in politics though I've never joined any party.

It took me a long time to shake off an English upbringing that nearly persuaded me "ordinary people don't have the brains or the breeding to represent you in the parliament".

I was always led to believe you needed a posh accent and a private school education before you were capable of being a leader.

This was a very common view (still may be for all I know) among good honest working class Brits like my mum and dad.

Short of being a criminal or joining the Church there were few things more threatening to family unity than a decision to vote Labour or read the Daily Mirror.

Decent people didn't do things like that.

I remember, about the time I went to uni, persuading my mum "It will be alright, Mum, to vote Labour, but I wouldn't tell the neighbours if I were you".

The neighbours also read the Daily Express and were not to be trusted when it came to admitting that you had veered to the left in your thinking.

I would be terrified to tell my daughter I was a Tony Abbott supporter, whether I am or not. …

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