My day began at 5am today, I decided to hang around outside Shepparton railway station and hand out flyers to commuters catching the first two trains of the day. Needless to say, nobody felt like chatting at that hour, but a few people praised my dedication. A little odd I thought, given they're probably up at that hour every day, but appreciated nonetheless.
I then went and got some breakfast, before setting up my 'stall' outside Coles in Shepparton. I wish I'd taken notes throughout the day - I had too many interesting conversations to remember them all off the top of my head.
The passers-by and I covered many topics, including: noisy neighbours, what people think of Sharman Stone (good and bad), what people think of politicians in general (mostly bad), a number of (mostly) erroneous allegations about Islam, immigration, DHS, the GST, allegations that Bill Shorten is a Communist, family dynamics, spirituality and living saints, water, the dairy industry, local council amalgamations, Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme cuts, education, public transport, community development and whether or not Malcolm Turnbull rides a bike.
A big thank you to Ruth from Tatura who took a couple of pages of my AEC nomination form and brought it back filled in by friends and family members - an enormous help! Also, to the gentleman who wouldn't sign my nomination form, but gave me $1.90 (I'm not sure why).
Of the 100 signatures I need to officially nominate, I now have 45 - although only 24 of them count, as the others don't match the signatory's details on the electoral roll. Avoid a fine, check your enrolment details here and - if required - update them here before May 23rd!
I also saw Michelle from the Numurkah Leader who had just attended Barnaby Joyce's press conference at the saleyards - he announced concessional loans and more access to financial counsellors. Not that I can take credit, but I called for concessional loans last week!
I left Coles at 3pm and visited the Shepparton News office to finalise my first newspaper advertisement! Then I went home to Euroa to take Mum to an appointment, where I was recognised from one of my Facebook ads - a new experience.