Perspective: A long campaign

SO an election has been called and now we can enjoy eight months of election campaigning saturating our TVs and radio. Oh goodie.

I don’t know about you, but to me it felt like it started the day the election was called.

By the time it arrives, I’m certain we’ll have swung back and forth as to which leader will be our new PM about 10 times, there’ll be scandals galore and resignations.

That was the response of most people when we asked what they thought about such an early call.

No one was surprised at the actual date, just the length of time  beforehand.

But many joined me in asking why it was called so early.

Labor pollies say it’s good because it shows stability.

Mitchell MP Alex Hawke, who holds the safe Liberal seat across The Hills, believes it was primarily about providing longevity for the current government —  in the hope they can turn the polls around before September.

‘‘I think announcing the election date for eight months away is less about the good of the country and more about ensuring they’re not forced into calling an early election throughout the year if any issues do arise,’’ he said.

Financial market analysts say  it may indicate the government has some surprises up its sleeve in the   May federal budget.

There is little doubt the market has suffered with the hung-parliament and it’s been difficult to pass legislation.

But I think there is something brewing which will soon  unfold.

Already  two prominent ministers have jumped  ship — possibly the tip of the iceberg.

What do you think?

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