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Does the weatherman truly cometh?

The national election season is truly upon us, the fund raisers proliferate and the faithful dig deep to support the colt of their choice in Australia’s greatest two-horse race – the federal election.


Last night, along with 300 other people (the organisers were stunned by the level of support) I attended a ‘trivia night’ for ABC weatherman turned ALP candidate Mike Bailey, who’s standing against the incumbent Joe Hockey. As you’ll see in the accompanying image, Mike’s taken ‘A fresh start for North Sydney’ as his campaign slogan – a mildly punning reference to his former career in the ‘we get it right half the time’ forecasting brigade.

For mine, I’d be going stronger: ‘Big Mike Bailey – stormin’ through’ or ‘Vote Mike - rain on Joe’s parade’ or even ‘Weatherman with attitude – giving Howard the big chill’. Look, I know this piece has nothing to do with ASOPA, but I thought you’d appreciate a candid glimpse into my social life. Our team finished seventh of 38 in the trivia quiz, by the way. Very disappointing.


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