• Jade Clarke and Cathy Bryson

    Jade Clarke and Cathy Bryson

  • Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe Shorton

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe Shorton

  • Julie Bishop and Arthur Sinodinos

    Julie Bishop and Arthur Sinodinos

  • The 'Interlocutors' Ellen Whinnett, Herald Sun, Moderator Chris Uhlmann, Laura Tingle The Financial Review and Andrew Probyn, The West Australian.

    The 'Interlocutors' Ellen Whinnett, Herald Sun, Moderator Chris Uhlmann, Laura Tingle The Financial Review and Andrew Probyn, The West Australian.

  • Jack Gaudie, Megan Lane and Kirrilly McKenzie

    Jack Gaudie, Megan Lane and Kirrilly McKenzie

  • Tim Beale, Peter Hendy and David Gazard

    Tim Beale, Peter Hendy and David Gazard

  • Katy Gallagher, Andrew Meares and Andrew Leigh

    Katy Gallagher, Andrew Meares and Andrew Leigh

  • Trevor Burns and Malcolm Mackerras

    Trevor Burns and Malcolm Mackerras

  • David Alexander, Simon Birmingham and Grahame Morris

    David Alexander, Simon Birmingham and Grahame Morris

  • Andrew Heath, Erika Coles and Mark Neich

    Andrew Heath, Erika Coles and Mark Neich

  • Arthur Sinodinos and Stephen Conroy

    Arthur Sinodinos and Stephen Conroy

  • Zed Seselja and Tim Shaw

    Zed Seselja and Tim Shaw

  • Jason Lipscombe, Andrew Leigh and Jane O'Dwyer

    Jason Lipscombe, Andrew Leigh and Jane O'Dwyer

  • Tim Shaw, Andrew Leigh and Jane O'Dwyer

    Tim Shaw, Andrew Leigh and Jane O'Dwyer

National Press Club Leaders' Debate

29 May 2016

 

An event planned with precision doesn’t always play out the way it is imagined by those who spend so much time on the precision and forget the human interaction that makes for a great debate. And that was what happened in the ‘Leaders' Debate’ at the National Press Club. The faithful gathered, were locked in and denied their smart phones and other devices to connect them with those in the ‘spheres’ that feed on this kind of information and sat quietly through the set pieces, familiar electioneering in a debate that had no clear winner and wasn’t really a debate at all.

Where was the human touch. Some passion would have been a bonus, and a little bit of animation, memorable moments and some good old fashioned interaction desperately needed 

A draw they say. A why bother really. Get back to the Town Halls, Mechanics Institutes, Masonic Halls, Clubs, Pubs and the Domain or this election will die in its endless boredom by being too long.