THERE was one thing supporters of the three major parties could agree on on Saturday morning.
Calare constituents had already made up their minds well before strolling up to the polling booths.
Charlie Ginty has handed out how-to-vote cards for the Labor Party for the last 30 years but came away with more cards than he handed out this year.
“With this sort of election, politicians seem to be in election mode for years,” he said.
“It is the nature of politics these days there is never-ending election campaigning.
“People have already decided what they’re doing.”
Jen Gibson stepped in for The Greens on Saturday morning and she suspected most people who did accept the how-to-vote cards were simply being polite.
“People are pretty committed already,” she said.
She entertained herself all morning by trying to predict the people who would take the cards and who would not but she said there was no demographic pattern.
Mr Ginty said in the past people had been abusive to volunteers handing out cards, people who had problems with the party and wanted to express their opinion.
No sooner had he finished saying so, a man approached Mr Ginty and told him he had been a diehard Labor supporter but was “disgusted” by what had happened in the last three years.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee was on site at Kenna Hall handing out cards for the Nationals.
He said at least half the people coming to vote declined the cards.
“To me it seems people would like to punish the government and I am surprised by how many people are not accepting the cards,” he said.
“The real issue will be what happens in the Senate.”
Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbot has threatened to call for a double dissolution if his reforms are blocked in the Senate by The Greens and Labor.
That could mean we will be back at the polls sooner rather than later.
“But I can’t make any predictions,” Mr Gee said.