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Morrison and Shorten sound like my ex-boyfriend

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I remembered an old boyfriend this week. It was way back, when I was young and head over heels with the possibilities, driven by his promises.

Dinner on Saturday night. A weekend away next month. A phone call after work.


Eventually (and perhaps I was slower than most), I realised the promises would only ever be promises.

There was no dinner and next month was always four weeks away.

Too low down his priorities, I dumped him, and turned my attention elsewhere.

And that's the story of our political parties and the rest of us who have to choose between them next month.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten runs past the Optus Stadium during an early morning run along the Swan River in Perth.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

We want a better world for our children.

We want an answer for climate change.

We want jobs in our local communities.

We want to know that our children are learning at school what will equip them for the future we are not around to see.

We are head over heels with the possibilities of what our nation could be. It's the leaders who need to step up.

Take Perth, for example. It's a long way from Canberra; outgoing Liberal star Julie Bishop would attest to........

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