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Where oh where is Melissa Price?

The Liberal member for Durack caught our attention yesterday when her office refused BuzzFeed’s repeated requests for an interview because she was “very busy” and “doesn’t really give interviews to online forums”. BuzzFeed had wanted to speak to her about indigenous affairs — her electorate has the third-largest indigenous population in the country.

It’s a curious reason to refuse an interview, and not the only odd one from Price this election. The Wall Street Journal‘s Rob Taylor also asked for an interview. His piece, carried on The Australian, has the line:

“Her office said she would be unreachable for the duration of the campaign.”

We wondered whether Price had done any interviews at all, but Isentia says she has. She’s given six interviews on ABC radio this campaign, and no interviews to TV. She has a margin of 15.2%.

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