ABC News Breakfast reporters Michael Rowland and Melissa Clarke were in the bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro this morning, broadcasting the hot political issues live from Queanbeyan Town Park.
Mr Rowland interviewed current member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly and Liberal Party candidate Peter Hendy, among others. The program also gauged voters' views on public service job cuts and looked at the relevant issues in the lead up to next month's federal election.
Supporters of both Mr Kelly and Mr Hendy put on their campaign T-shirts and braved the cold to wave signs behind the camera, while local members from the Alliance of Defence Services Organisation held up charts supporting their drive for a better deal on military superannuation.
Independent candidate and Nimmitabel small businessman Andrew Thaler also spent the early hours of the morning side of stage in an unsuccessful attempt to gain some television coverage for his campaign.
It was all part of News Breakfast’s travelling election coverage being broadcast from within marginal seats every Monday until the election. Mr Rowland said it put the news crew in the thick of the action.
“Last week we were out at Lindsay in western Sydney, this week we’re here in Eden-Monaro, and next week we’ll be going to Corangamite in Victoria, just as a way to get out (of the studio) and more importantly to speak to voters and get their first-hand views,” he said.
And he welcomed the interest the show had been attracting from various political junkies and activists so far along the campaign trail.
“We’re a bit of a honey pot to bees,” he laughed.
“We were in Penrith last week, and we had Liberal people, Labor people and also a lot of people (campaigning) on the education reforms. But it’s usually under control and provides a bit of light and colour, so it’s not such a bad thing.”