Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Playing Tag with Our Politicians

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Playing Tag with Our Politicians

Article excerpt

ELECTIONS are a great time to be a journalist - it's the only time when you know a wannabe politician will return your call.

We're just over a week out from the Queensland election and you'd have to read no newspapers, watch no TV, listen to no radio and have banned strangers in suits from knocking on your door to not know there was something going on.

The pollies are every-where. Both LNP and Labor are flying journalists around the state to make sure we cover the latest proclamations of their chosen ones.

What you're not seeing is how hard they make it for journalists, despite the need for us to be there.

Neither of the two big parties tells the media where their leader will be until the day.

Even the journalists on the planes put on by the parties don't know where they will land. I'm told they've taken to guessing landmarks and rivers as a mini competition to identify where the plane is headed.

Presumably, Labor don't want the LNP to hijack an event in Toowoomba, say, and vice versa if the incumbents intend sprinkling some fairy dust in Rockhampton. …

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