A simple and relatively inexpensive announcement â€“ sending kids to the Army or CFA or whatever for a couple of weeks – has provoked much talkback and online discussion today.
We havenâ€™t loved a lot of JBâ€™s campaign so far, but this is a killer. He might â€“ finally â€“ after hundreds of announcements and billions of dollars on various unmemorable things have struck a chord with Victorian parents hoping their best for their kids.
The Libs were riding high this week after their brilliant and bold decision to put the Greens last and make the entirely valid point that if you vote Labor you could be getting a Labor-Greens government and that if you vote Greens you could be getting more of the same. Itâ€™s been a brilliant vindication of a decision the Libs should have made â€“ and announced â€“ months ago while challenging Brumby to rule out a Greens coalition.
But credit to both men where itâ€™s due.
And of course, Liberal campaign spokesman David Davis didnâ€™t miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. He thought toughening up Victorian teenagers with a couple of weeks of true-grit tough-love learning was a â€œbizarre gimmick.â€ The Libs should send him to first available gulag. After the election, we suspect they will.
Rumour has it Michael Oâ€™Brien didnâ€™t attend Ted Baillieuâ€™s campaign launch. Some Liberals believe â€“ if Baillieu doesnâ€™t quite get there â€“ that the dour and earnest individual will be ready to take up the leadership, most probably in combination with Mary Wooldridge, normally considered to be part of Baillieuâ€™s wet lefty Liberal tendency.