Corangamite campaign tactics: @scott_c_b reports

By Scott Barnes 18 August 2013 A JWS Research automated poll out yesterday shows Corangamite is a likely Labor loss, with the ALP on 46.7% of the two-party vote, a 3.6% swing against it. Grassroots campaigning in Geelong’s struggling outer suburbs is likely to decide the outcome of the seat of Corangamite. Colac Herald  journalist Scott Barnes provides an insight into campaign tactics in Australia’s most marginal seat. Corangamite is the Liberal Party’s to lose with less than three weeks until the federal election. A ReachTEL poll shows that Liberal challenger Sarah Henderson leads incumbent Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman 56 to 44. Mr Cheeseman, a Labor backbencher, has held the seat for two […]

Offering an election-night party with hot models seemed a good strategy for Corangamite, says PUP candidate

By Michelle Primmer August 15, 2013 Buddy Rojek arrived in Corangamite with quite a splash. The novice politician, running for the Palmer United Party, made front-page news in the Geelong Advertiser on August 13 after he put out a flyer seeking volunteers to hand out how-to-vote cards and promising a “rocking” election-night party featuring hot models. I had already contacted Buddy for an interview for @nofibs and had tried to tee up a time before the Australian Youth Climate Coalition Corangamite candidates’ forum in Torquay on the evening after the story appeared. As it turned out, he was quite reluctant to chat to me after having been pursued all day by […]

In Corangamite 386 voters could have elected PM Abbott: @PrimMich reports

View Larger Map Seat Profile By Michelle Primmer 27 July, 2013 I am in my mid 40s and work part time as an accountant, but will shortly be leaving my employment and hope to commence a Graduate Diploma of Teaching at Deakin University. By this time next year I hope to be a teacher. I have been married for almost 16 years and have three children aged 14, 12 and 9 – two in the local primary school and one in the local high school. We live in the suburbs of Geelong. My workplace is a 10-minute drive from home and my husband commutes on the train to Melbourne. The […]