Only three more days until you cast your vote. That’s assuming you aren’t among the record number of Aussies to vote early this election.
With the Coalition still narrowly trailing Labor in opinion polls, Prime Minister Scott Morrison isn’t wasting a minute of the time remaining.
The next step on his cross-country campaign, Mr Morrison has flown to Geelong to battle for the seat of Corangamite — saving it from what AAP has called ‘political oblivion’.
Last-stitch effort for Geelong seat
The Prime Minister recently came under fire from newspaper The Age for ‘pork-barrelling’ the marginal seat, currently notionally Labor, after its boundaries were redrawn.
AAP reports the newspaper calculated a promise of $26,500 each for Corangamite voters, if they voted Liberal.
‘I don’t make any apologies,’ he told Geelong Radio station K-Rock.
‘This is Sarah Henderson doing her job. She’s a great local member standing up for the people of Corangamite.’
But Geelong isn’t feeling monetarily swayed by just Libs — in fact they’re not doing anything that Labor isn’t in the pursuit of the seat.
The opposition is promising to upgrade the Geelong Cats home ground with a $20 million handout, playing to their local pride. And in Tasmania, Morrison holds similar plans…
‘Everyman’ PM kicks footy for Bass seat
Morrison’s last stop in Tasmania was set to win over confused voters for the seat of Bass — promising a $250,000 handout for the Bridgenorth Football Club on top of funding for road safety and traffic congestion on the Bass Highway.
Continuing the trend of speaking in pubs and local footy clubs as the Prime-Minister-Next-Door, some believe Morrison is targeting the ‘bogan vote’ — or at least, Jarrad ‘J Rod’ Cirkel, believes so, after seeing the PM kick a footy with the Parrots following a clubroom beer and meal.
‘He’s probably got a lot of people here that aren’t really into their politics,’ Cirkel said of Morrison, who told reporters he is already a Liberal voter.
But Mr Morrison was equally impressed by Cirkel — especially as he had ‘the PM’s endorsement as the best mullet I have seen’.
Well, if the PM is smart enough to target the bogans, at least he’ll be winning back a few that are swooning at the ‘straight talking’ Clive Palmer, promising to Make Australia Great.
Scott Morrison will next head to the east coast for last minute damage control before voters go to the polls. AAP expects that no major announcements will arise within the next few days from the party.
‘Hopefully the Liberals will get up but if they don’t, well, it’s power to the people.’
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