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.

The
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
moment.

Peter Fray

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