Campaigners Matthew and Shirley – Citizens of the Week
 Baw Baw Features   By // 16:55, Friday 23 August 2013

the warragul citizen citizens of the week matthew and shirley

IT MAY be one of the colder, wetter days of the federal election campaign in McMillan but that doesn’t stop electioneers Matthew and Shirley from supporting their parties.

Pictured: Matthew and Shirley at the Smith Street voting centre this afternoon. Photo by author.


The pair were handing out how to vote cards at the early voting centre in Warragul today, greeting voters with a smile as they headed to the ballot boxes.

Matthew, supporting the Australian Labor Party, told The Warragul Citizen voters had been receptive.

“It’s been good,” he said.

“Everybody’s very polite and there have been no problems.


“I don’t mind [the weather] – this needs to be done, so we do it.”

Shirley, handing out how to votes for the Liberal party, said being involved in the campaign was “great.”

“I’ve always been interested in politics and I think you have to support what you believe in and that’s why I come out and do this,” she said.

“Today’s not a very good day to do it but we’re so lucky to live in a democratic country where we can go out and vote and don’t have someone sticking a gun in our back and have a free say.”

Matthew said one of his political inspirations was Nelson Mandela and praised former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating for his support of the former President of South Africa.

“Nobody’s going to say Nelson is not the greatest man in the world,” he said.

“He still is the greatest man in the world and he’s still around.

“Who put him in jail? Nobody knows any more! Those people are on the wrong side of history, history has passed them by. They are irrelevant.”


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