That it pays to live in the right electoral parish was made delightfully clear today to the commuters to Canberra from across the ACT border in Murrumbateman and Yass. After years of pleas for federal help in upgrading the Barton Highway being ignored by politicians, the pump is now well and truly primed. Both Labor and the Coalition are promising the millions necessary.Announcing $50m Barton Highway Duplication Plan w Peter Hendy MP #EdenMonaro important road investment 🚗🚚🚙 #ausvotes pic.twitter.com/4jZrumbgFe— Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP) June 5, 2016
And the reason for the change of heart is easy to understand. For years the Barton Highway led to the electorate of Hume which the Coalition could not lose and Labor not win. Now the Commonwealth Electoral Commission has changed the boundaries. The oad now leads to Eden Monaro - one of the nation's traditional marginal seats.
Democracy is a wonderful thing if you live in the right place.