For the less fortunate voters who reside in a safe seat, getting some face time with your local candidates can be a little difficult. In the case of shadow treasurer Chris Bowen’s seat of McMahon, the Liberal Party is yet to even find someone who is willing to put their name on the ballot paper — and the deadline for nominating approaches quickly.

Chris Bowen tweet

Meanwile, a voter in the safe seat of Goldstein tells us she has seen not a single corflute for either the Liberals’ Tim Wilson or any other candidate in the seat, which has been Liberal since its founding, so she did some digging to find out who was standing for Labor. The candidate is a young man by the name of Matthew Coote, who happens to be an actor.

His website lists a number of roles on Australian television and in advertising, but it seems he doesn’t always bear the straitlaced look of a hopeful politician:

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matthew coote acting

We wonder if the Labor Party was so disheartened by Freedom Boy’s seemingly insurmountable lead that they hired an actor to pretend to run? And maybe the Libs should be searching through IMDB, not the rank and file, to find someone to challenge (or play the role of challenging) Chris Bowen?

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