Here’s an enviro-friendly stunt that no
wannabe Liberal politician has tried before. Clem Newton-Brown, the
former Melbourne deputy lord mayor and endorsed candidate for the
Labor-held seat of Prahran at this year’s Victorian state election, has
bought himself an electric bike to get around the electorate.

barrister is seen riding around Prahran most days towing a Liberal
billboard with a picture of himself. The lad also opened his campaign
office late last year – a full 12 months before polling day on November
25. Talk about keen. Residents have reported receiving a couple of
postcards from Clem introducing himself, so there’s obviously plenty of
campaign cash to spend as well.

Our spies reckon constituents
are more interested in talking about the $2000 bike than Clem’s
policies, but it’s all about branding. Needing a 4% swing to unseat
Labor’s Tony Lupton, the old anti-Kroger-Costello faction campaigner
will probably need a 1000cc motorbike to climb the mountain in front of
him given the parlous state of Robert Doyle’s Liberal opposition at the

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