I started out this campaign trying to give a quick daily rundown of the sorts of things I did, but it soon proved too difficult to provide something that mentioned an issue or two of substance, rather than just give an itinerary (which people can see daily on the homepage of my website anyway). My final two days of last week provides an example of what campaigning can involve.
Thursday started with a visit to a childcare centre in New Farm with Natasha Stott Despoja to talk about maternity leave, followed by a visit to the Federal Court building in town to hear some of the arguments being put in court by the government in their appeal on the matter of Dr Haneef’s visa. I then visited a youth program in Redcliffe on the northern outskirts of Brisbane, and drove up to Montville – a picturesque town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland – for a meet the candidates meeting. The day concluded back in Brisbane with a meeting talking about health policy. There were some media interviews in amongst all that too.
Friday involved an early flight to Rockhampton, where I met with a local Aboriginal elder about progress on the stolen wages issue, also doing some media on that and other Indigenous issues. I then spoke at a higer education forum out at the university campus, before flying to the Gold Coast to speak at Bond University at a forum of community housing providers. From there I went back into Brisbane to particpate in a launch of Julian Burnside’s new book “Watching Brief: reflections on human rights, law and justice.” This launch was very well attended, which meant a lot of chances to chat with people afterwards – although chatting when you’re exhausted and also know you have lots of other work to catch up on can be harder than it sounds.
Julian Burnside was kind enough to also speak at a gathering the following morning, which was aimed at marking one week to go to polling day and encouraging people to make that final effort to get the message out to the public – especially about the Senate contest, which is still being mostly ignored by the media, even though it is much more unpredictable than the contest for government.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8VnTbzEc88&eurl=http://andrewbartlett.com/