Let’s talk: Is the election campaign starting to get dirty?

It looks like the election campaign has finally morphed from a rather boring and civilized affair into a name-calling all-out

It looks like the election campaign has finally morphed from a rather boring and civilized affair into a name-calling all-out brawl.

For weeks now pollies have been hitting the campaign trail and spreading the good word about their party’s policies, all while remaining positively cool, calm and collected.

Now though, the cracks are starting to appear as the wear and tear of life on the road begin to put a strain on everyone’s patience.

This week already we saw Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce snap at a constituent and tell her to “piss off” when she was questioning him about mining in his electorate.

This was quickly followed by an event staged by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who drove a monster truck over two red and blue cars representing the Labor and Liberal parties.

Now, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s team as lashed out at a woman on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland after she heckled him about funding cuts to the region.

“Don’t want to answer the hard questions!” the protester yelled out as the Prime Minister walked ahead.

“Who pays for your dole?” fired back Liberal Senator James McGrath who was with the PM at the time.

“What sort of ridiculous question is that? How do you know where I’m from? How rude are you? I’m not on the dole, mate,” she responded.

“Who pays for social security?” he asked again.

“Excuse me, don’t talk to me like that,” declared the protestor, before walking away.

While Australian politicians usually try to keep their tempers in check, it looks like we could be heading into new territory where all bets are off.

Pollies from both sides of the aisle have been short with a number of journalists on TV appearences too, and haven’t been holding back when it comes to hecklers on the street.

Could this be a good thing though?

Rather than the usual prepared and boring answers politicians like to give, we are finally seeing some fire and passion escape from them.

Surely this is a good thing in many ways as it helps voters know that they actually do care about more than their own personal interests and want to do right by the community.

Or could it all just be a grab for attention and a headline of the front page of the papers.

What do you think?

Are you glad to see some life and excitement in the campaign? Or is this all just another carefully planned cry for attention?

  1. [email protected]  

    Boy am I sick of this already and only half way 🙁

    • Pamela Skipper  

      Me too everyone is frightened to affenpinscher someone

  2. Feed up with them all. As for some of the election promises especially the Greens and Labor where the hell do they think the money is coming from to pay for them.
    Also please remember that the so called “protest vote” which leaves no one with power in their own right just means we will be back doing the same thing far too soon.

    • Well let’s hope that the protest vote is a lot bigger than you are assuming it will be. Whichever way it turns out we certainly won’t be any worse off with a hung parliament. We’d at least get people in there that will listen to what we want. I’d rather go back every six months than end up with the current crop of pollies selling us out. Neither of them has a plan to pay off the $400+ trillion debt. Oh! a 10 year plan – they wont be around then and we’ll be bankrupt by then. Look at Venezuela for a scenario coming soon to a place near you.

      • Henry Sheps  

        Noel and Rhonda I too, am fed up with this useless government and can only hope they get done at the election. Would rather see a hung parliament which would prevent some of the LNP’s draconian thought bubbles getting through. This has got to be the worst government in Australia’s history. In three years they’ve done nothing but worsen the bottom line and if it weren’t for the Senate and cross benchers the people of Australia would be very much worse off but hey the top end of town is doing very nicely thank you.Unemployment is the worst it’s been in ten years and there’s been a huge increase in the casualisation of the work force.
        Why is it do you think everyone is fixated on our government always having a budget surplus? Menzies delivered 17 straight deficits. A fully employed workforce who can spend their money will improve the economy and business’s. No money, no spend and the economy will contract which will happen if the LNP get back in. I would rather see a lower unemployment rate, money spent on infrastructure and a deficit than be fixated on a budget surplus. Australia won’t go broke.
        Let’s hope we get a government who will listen to Australians and govern for everyone.

  3. Newton Hill  

    What a great opportunity to have a staged one on one with a protestor who concedes the argument, and in the process, gives the politician great publicity. Am I being too cynical?

    • Lynne Highfield  

      Newton, it’s not possible to be too “cynical” in relating to our pollies.

  4. “Surely this is a good thing in many ways as it helps voters know that they actually do care about more than their own personal interests and want to do right by the community.”
    You’ve got to be kidding me it’s more like they don’t like being taken up on their poor performance and obvious rorts. They know dam well that many of us know what they’re up to and it ain’t for our benefit.

  5. Michael Denison  

    the election got dirty when a few weeks out from the election Turnbull changed the system for voting so to eliminate the indies from the cosy little game that is called politics in Canberra

  6. Celest  

    It’s good thing to see how politicians react when asked about intriguing questions regarding their performance and policy decisions. Politicians should also understand that they are public property when elected to office. Unprofessional answers and behaviours does not give them a good impression although they like anyone else are human beings with limited tolerances when confronted by these types of questions. Do not join politics if you cannot tolerate intriguing questions that people ask you and welcome this as an opportunity to show your constituents the benefits/rationale of your party policies and decisions that affect them and their community.

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