I’ve lost track of how many leaflets and letters I’ve received this week — at least one every day, nearly all from Malcolm Turnbull.First came this one — Malcolm hanging out with latte-sippers. That folds out to become an A3-sized poster about the Liberals’ “bold” 9-point plan for Australia.
Next came this: a 12-page full-colour brochure with endorsements from 19 locally and/or nationally eminent people (Tim Flannery isn’t in it but Ian Keirnan of Clean Up Australia, describing himself as an “old Labor voter”, is).
A couple of these eminences are simply local Liberal politicos, but then there is Grant McMah, president of North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, which secured funding from the feds to rebuild the club house. The club has thousands of local members, many of whom might not be pleased to see this party-political endorsement.
Somewhere in there I received another copy of Rudd’s plan for the future.
Today I received two postcards in the mail: the first from Malcolm, with a fairly persuasive-looking graph on the back (for those who bothered to turn it over – many people tell me that they throw all of these electoral communications straight into the recycling bin.)
The second was from George, with a rather compelling photo on the front.
Which brings us to the Greens, who sent their only leaflet of the campaign last week, a gesture of admirable restraint (or lack of cash.)
The Greens candidate made the cover of the local paper this week, balancing George and Malcolm in her hands. Turnbull is quoted saying something exceedingly strange: “There will be no environment without economy”. Surely most other thinking people are coming to the realisation that there will be no economy without the environment.
Inside, the paper has a double page spread on all the local candidates and their preferences. I found this very revealing. Malcolm Turnbull’s key policies are listed as:
- ongoing sustainability of schools [does this mean the survival of public education? Unfortunately not] and faster broadband connections [copycat policy]
- community safety and reduced crime
- ratifying a new Kyoto Protocol [well there’s a sleight of hand, if ever I saw one]
- water security
If I had a shred of sympathy for Turnbull, it disappeared when I read who he was preferencing: first the Christian Democratic Party, whose key policy on the same page is listed as a “10-year moratorium on Muslim immigration”; second, Family First. So much for the great small-l liberal hope.