Last week in CABPOLL 4, I made the point the Coalition, who appeared to have enough momentum for victory, should not consider the election a foregone conclusion. I still hold that view. For them to salute the judge, the Roy and HG skit springs to mind. This has the jockey beating the conveyance to a pulp, so that it barely staggers over the line, a pulsing heart and little else.
One thing I would say - if it wasn’t for our resilient economy, you could put down the glasses now for the Coalition would have their heads kicked-in on the home straight. Personally, I don’t want Latham to win. Not that I don’t believe in him, but for mine, he’s three years early. Later, with his rough edges knocked off and the Left under control, he can shape up to the Mad Monk, who also needs three more years for the same reasons. This should herald a golden age of Australian politics.
But I digress, on with the latest CABPOLL...
Early in the shift I carried a gorgeous 30 year old Public Servant to Potts Point. ‘Can I call you 30 ?’, I asked. ‘You can call me whatever you like’, she replied. ‘How about, ‘gorgeous’ then,’ I offered. ‘Aww, that’d be excellent !’, she said, sparking up. From the outset she made it clear she wouldn’t be voting for Howard. But I’d picked this already.
Her voting intentions were motivated by ‘social concerns’. ‘Money matters have no influence’, she said, ‘Stuff like an $8 tax cut is of no concern to me’. Rather, issues like 'whether a family on a moderate income can obtain affordable health care and education' was more important. ‘Latham is much better on these issues than the Coalition’, she stated.
Also she indicated her perchance for backing minor party candidates into the Senate. Not so much as a protest vote but mainly, if she considers they’ll best represent her interests. In addition she stated, ‘Why give the Government a rubber stamp in the Senate ?’.
Next I picked up a family from Parramatta, originally from Malaysia. The father revealed they had moved here for better opportunities such as, ‘education, the cleaner air, and a safer environment for raising a family’. He was nonplussed on the election, considering it of little difference to him who got in. Try as I did, he couldn’t nominate a favourite one way or another.
What did bring a considered response was the mention of education. He related how originally on arriving in Australia, he’d put the kids into Government schooling. However it wasn’t long before he had them re-enrolled in a regional Catholic school. He became animated when revealing he’d just learned, via the election campaign, he was eligible for a Government rebate, as a result of their private schooling.
I prompted him on security issues but he just shrugged his shoulders saying, ‘What can you do - what will happen, will happen..’. Whatever that means.
A business couple in their early thirties travelling to Chiswick, are adamant regarding a difference between the parties. The woman, sitting up front responds, ‘Namely with the Liberals, you know what you’re getting. Whereas with Labor, their team is relatively unknown. All we ever hear about is Latham.’
She then defers to the bloke who states, ‘For me, the economy is the biggest difference. It’s a vote for either Costello or Crean. People might not like Costello but he’s proved he can protect interest rates'. For her, health is a big issue affecting her vote. She indicates she has had health problems in the past. She favours the Liberals in this area also, due to Bob Carr’s handling of the State’s health system.
Both identify ‘diplomacy’ as Lathams Achilles heel in security matters. His reputation has the woman scoffing, ‘Knowing him, he’ll probably go to Indonesia or somewhere, and if he doesn’t get his way, he’ll bash ‘em !’.
The woman lives in Bondi and her electorate is Wentworth. But she doesn’t care for Malcolm Turnbull. Being an ex-employee of his business, she relates how he’d once sent directives around the office exhorting staff to indicate whether they were registered to vote. We all agree for a boss to do this, is not only none of his business but, wait for it - UN-AUSTRALIAN !