Friday, 9 July 2010

An election campaign without an election date


Australians might not know when the election will be but the campaigning is clearly underway. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is crisscrossing the country at a frenetic pace having chosen to make this a longer campaign than any we have had for many decades.
Her immediate predecessors have tended to go out on the election trail for the statutory minimum period as they remember how Bob Hawke nearly came unstuck back in 1984 by giving his opponents extra time. With the advantage of novelty on her side as the new girl, Ms Gillard can probably afford to take the risk but a risk it certainly is.
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