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Election 2016: Are Australians paying attention?

Election 2016: Are Australians paying attention to political campaigning?

There have been gaffes and selfies, policy tensions and plenty of promises throughout this year’s election — but are Australians paying attention yet?

As far as federal election campaigns go, this year’s is a long one by anyone’s account and it’s only the halfway point.

Source: ABC

Pre-polling opens on June 14 and a record number of people are expected to cast their vote early this year.

With that in mind, how engaged are voters after what’s already been a fairly lengthy election campaign?

Political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin hit the streets to take the temperature of voters who are yet to decide who will get their vote.

Have you been following the election campaign?

Michael Pratt:

“I have slightly, just following it a small amount to see what’s going on in the news and online,” he said.

Has there been a memorable moment from the campaign for you?

“Not really so far, obviously there have been a few politicians stuff up their media campaigns and not actually know what they’re talking about in regards to their own policies,” he said.

What policy areas matter most to you?

“Probably any type of policy that’s related to middle-income families with kids, any policy around that area is probably important to me,” he said.

Have any campaign slogans stuck in your head?

“Not at all to be honest, nothing is working,” he said.

David Rutter, retiree

Have you been following the election campaign?

“Yes, of course. I think it’s a bit untidy. I think there’s too much discussion about dollars and details and people don’t really understand what’s going on. Some of the budget proposals and some of the Opposition proposals are very difficult to follow,” he said.

Has there been a memorable moment from the campaign for you?

“No, I don’t think there’s been one, one never knows what’s going to happen. I don’t think there’s been a memorable moment. I think a lot have lost track on things, particularly like superannuation,” he said.

What policy areas matter most to you?

“The problem has been that a lot of the policies haven’t really been synthesised. You come up with innovation, technology stuff and so on but somehow it’s not fitting together that well,” he said.

“I think the worrying thing is, I think the media has turned it into a winner or loser, like the debate the other night: who won or who lost. It’s a bit more serious than that.”

Have any campaign slogans stuck in your head?

“No, not really,” he said.

Amy and Sonny Borg with baby Sandro, business owners:

Have you been following the election campaign?

“Yeah, obviously, we’re looking for support for small business,” Sonny said.

Has there been a memorable moment from the campaign for you?

“I have a new baby, so I’m a little bit distracted most of the time,” Amy said.

What policy areas matter most to you?

“It’s not so much policy, I’d really like our country to have some stability. It’s time to not change leaderships and not worry about popularity and let’s just get on with governing the country and being stable. As a parent with three children, stability is very important,” Amy said.

“I think it creates chaos in the economy, there’s no trust,” Sonny added.

Have any campaign slogans stuck in your head?

“No,” Amy said.

Alexandra Stopford, public relations:

Have you been following the election campaign?

“Only on the drive to and from work on the radio and I’ve learnt there’s a lot of punches being thrown between the candidates and it’s just all a bit up in the air at the moment,” she said.

Has there been a memorable moment from the campaign for you?

“Not particularly, really just the radio station I listen to were making jokes about all the ads they were making on TV,” she said.

What policy areas matter most to you?

“Support for not-for-profit organisations is a big one as well as the environment and local communities,” she said.

Have any campaign slogans stuck in your head?

“No, I haven’t noticed any,” she said.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Robert TG 06/06/2016, 6:28 am

    This election cycle has to be the most boring we have had in years. A choice between Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb. The Campaign is a month or two of lies, and promises that will be broken. Why bother supporting a person for PM when the party will replace them after the election anyway….ie Rudd Gillard Abbott. And the Backstabbers not lead their party. The backstabbers have betrayed You, by betraying your vote for their own gain. They do not deserve any support.

  • Graham Richards 06/06/2016, 7:12 am

    NO, NO NO,!!

  • Lorraine 06/06/2016, 7:34 am

    boring is Malcolm losing , or are the lefty luvvies kissing the ground he trod upon.

  • Penguinite 06/06/2016, 8:49 am

    Malcolm is a lost cause! He just doesn’t know it yet. There is no way he’ll be able to corral the new Senate.

  • Ex ADF 06/06/2016, 10:39 am

    It is amazing, this morning I hear that Turnbull and his trusty henchmen are reaĺly concerned about survey showing support for Independants is increasing. There is no soul searching, no examination of the party politics, no apologies for stuffing up what had been a generally decent LNP. No, if they crash and Labor make it in, the voters will be to blame.

  • Bwana Neusi 06/06/2016, 1:26 pm

    Went door knocking and leaflet dropping for ALA yesterday.
    And I did not get a single “Racist Homophobe” response from any body.
    I did however get a lot of positive comments and encouragement though.

    Strange really, I expected armies of left wing placard waiving thugs to accost me.

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