Cold weather and big odds wasn't dampening Hugh McKinnon’s enthusiasm as he staged a ‘meet and greet’ with voters at Greensborough Secondary College.
Dressed in his Sunday best, complete with a green tie, McKinnon was keen to put a face to the party, as he chatted to volunteers, voters and two local children, who were clashing with toy swords.
As the Greens candidate for Jaga Jaga, Mr Mckinnon has to work hard to win over Labior and Liberal voters. But his preferences will be crucial in a seat that's held by Labor's Jenny Macklin, but has become more marginal over recent years.
“I’m confident that we’ll achieve what we set out to do,” Mr Mckinnon said. “We’re hoping for a swing, we’d be happy with anything over 17 percent here.”
The atmosphere was more relaxed in the division of Kooyong, with Liberal party posters plastered all round the Hawthorn polling station at Swinburne University. Energetic volunteer staff were undeterred by the brisk weather.
Considered a Liberal stronghold, Kooyong has been held by the Liberal Party for the electorate’s entire existence. But the party was taking no chances, with volunteers out in force to prevent a swing against sitting MP Josh Frydenberg.
76 year old, Christopher Barret, has been a Liberal Party volunteer for over 20 years and was passionate about helping the party achieve victory in Kooyong.
“I believe the Liberal Party are the only ones who can run this country,” Mr. Barret said, “It’s about having a small government and letting the people live their lives.”