It seems the Liberal Party likes Q&A after all. At least on its own terms. In a strange pre-poll tactic new to Ms Tips, a Melbourne Ports voter tells us he was patched into a live forum with the Libs’ local candidate, financial trader Owen Guest, and Environment Minister Greg Hunt from the comfort of his couch. The call came on his mobile at 7.30pm, with an automated message saying he was being inserted into the forum and could ask a question by dialling *1. A moderator led the discussion and coaxed no doubt carefully selected listeners to ask their questions, from local business types who sought Dixer-esque assurance on the state of the economy to a pre-teen who quizzed Hunt on what he was doing about coral bleaching. By 8pm it was all over and the phone went dead. But how many callers would have made it that far?

Peter Fray

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