POLITICAL RAINBOW: Woodburn’s Rick Nutt of the Greens, Broadwater’s Alistair Maloney of the Nationals and Lismore’s Angela Pollard from Labor tout their parties to Broadwater mother Melissa Short and her nine-month-old son Conrad before voting at the Broadwater and Rileys Hill Community Hall.
POLITICAL RAINBOW: Woodburn’s Rick Nutt of the Greens, Broadwater’s Alistair Maloney of the Nationals and Lismore’s Angela Pollard from Labor tout their parties to Broadwater mother Melissa Short and her nine-month-old son Conrad before voting at the Broadwater and Rileys Hill Community Hall. Jamie Brown

Different strokes for different types of political folks

WHETHER they were Liberal or Labor, left or right-wing, it seemed everyone had an opinion on Saturday.

At the Trinity Catholic College polling booths, Richmond Hill resident and Kevin Hogan supporter Denys Wynn said it seemed a trend that people were voting National for the first time.

But SCU students Hayley Jeffery and Sam Carberry reckoned an Abbott government would bring too many cuts to higher education so they voted Labor.

At the Tropical Fruits family day it seemed everyone voted Green.

"It's about keeping the bastards honest," quipped Andrew Walker of Goolmangar.

But for Broadwater mother Melissa Short, the long-winded campaign leading up to the weekend election only served to reinforce her views of politics and politicians.

"It's all just turning me off this time around," she said of the political argy bargy.

"I didn't like any of their attitudes and they way they carried on.

"I wouldn't think that anything much will change, whoever wins."

Melissa with her nine-month-old son Conrad voted, like the rest of our district, basking in glorious sunshine and cool sea breezes.

And it was this local environment that was closest to her heart.

So when it came time to choose a seat in the Senate, Melissa voted with future generations in mind.

"I voted for the fishing party," she said.

"I want my children to be able to fish recreationally when they're older the same as we do.

"I voted for the sake of the children."



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