For all the bluff and bluster of the campaign so far, from a logistics and voting point of view the election really doesn’t start until lunchtime today, when ballot draws are conducted across Australia in the 150 House of Representative seats and eight Senate contests.

We all trooped out to Town Square in Ringwood at noon to watch the ballot draw in Menzies, which has emerged as potentially the blokiest contest in Australia, with eight men and no women contesting.