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Harbingers of change too cocky

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A day is a long, long, bruising, roller-coastery time in politics when that day is election day.

Last Saturday this columnist, like so many left-leaning, bubble-dwelling Canberrans, went from extreme joy in the optimistic morning (my experience of voting, in the sweet polling-place's sausage-scented air, was idyllically democratic) to soul-withering despair at night as the horror of the election result unfolded.

Labor supporters were crushed on election night when they realised Bill Shorten had no hope of winning. Alex Ellinghausen

With what delight we gambolled to our local polling place, the Garran Primary School, early on Saturday morning. Balmy sunshine, democracy sunbeams, illuminated the scene and in the trees democracy cockatoos (like all of us, deceived by the opinion polls) cackled their confident prophecies of impending sweeping socio-political change.

The morning sun searchingly investigated the features of the party workers giving out how-to-vote material, revealing hard, old, hobgoblin Liberal faces etched with capitalist unkindness and with anxiety about their franking credits.

The same searching sunlight highlighted the soft, pixie-like idealism in the youthful faces of the Greens. Enthusiastically I took a how-to-vote leaflet from one of the pixies.

There was a colourful, multicultural queue of voters and the air was fragrant with sizzling democracy sausages, the heady, titillating perfume of the Australian polling place.

Our multi-complexioned queue shuffled cheerfully into the school's........

© Canberra Times