Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Page MP Kevin Hogan.
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Page MP Kevin Hogan. Marc Stapelberg

A conga line of pollies passes through - I smell an election

THE conga line of politicians parading through our region this week can mean only one thing - early election.

I'm picking we will go to the polls in March next year.

Malcolm Turnbull will never be as popular as he is right now, so he may as well cash in on that cache at the ballot box as soon as possible.

At last count we've had Labor leader Bill Shorten, Nationals galore, including Barnaby Joyce, and Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale lobbed yesterday.

While I'm sure they like spending the school holidays on the North Coast, they are here for one reason, and one reason only - your vote.

Page is definitely in play at the next election and if the huge swings we saw at the last state election are replicated federally, sitting member Kevin Hogan could be in trouble.

Get used to politicians swinging through the place over the coming months and we will try and get them to say something meaningful on local issues.

The Coalition has already managed to neutralise many of Labor's methods of attack.

They've shelved plans to make any reforms to the university sector until after the next election.

That should stop Labor's rhetoric about "$100,000 unversity degrees".

Turnbull's weak spots seem to be in the areas he traded away to get enough votes to topple Abbott - namely climate change policy and same sex marriage.

But he continues to enjoy a honeymoon period as PM and if his popularity continues you can put money on Labor ditching Shorten in favour of Anthony Albanese or Tanya Plibersek.



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