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The fate of our nation? It's in the toilet

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Four toilet blocks, all alike in dignity, in marginal electorates of Australia, where we lay our scene.


Scene 1 takes place in the outer-south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Pakenham, where a recent online review of the local Rotary Park has exclaimed: "Barbecue area without toilets. Shocking!"

So shocking, indeed, that the injustice has not escaped the attention of Liberal MP Jason Wood, who is seeking to hold his federal seat of La Trobe on a slim margin of 3.2 per cent.

“Every Saturday morning, 190 runners from the Pakenham park-run run though the park and don't have access to proper facilities,” Mr Wood decried on his Facebook page, before announcing a re-elected Morrison government would divert $180,000 of federal funds to build “essential toilet amenities” at the popular park.

The impending relief felt by those early-morning joggers is palpable. On the opposite side of Port Phillip Bay, members of the St Leonard’s Beautification Committee are celebrating too.

Illustration: Matt DavidsonCredit:

Local Liberal MP Sarah Henderson has mercifully heard their plea for updated toilet facilities in her marginal seat of Corangamite, which became notionally Labor-inclined after a recent redistribution.

Henderson has pledged $430,000 from a re-elected Morrison government to deliver toilet facilities, a community pavilion and a playground shade sail for........

© Brisbane Times