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Sydney electorates respond to leaders' debate

AM - Monday, 22 October , 2007 08:09:00

Reporter: Brendan Trembath

TONY EASTLEY: The leaders debate was shown in prime time on two of the four free-to-air channels
and the pay channel Sky News.

AM's Brendan Trembath went to public places in two Sydney electorates to find who was watching
what.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: This pub in Newtown in inner Sydney is best known for its live music but it still
gave John Howard and Kevin Rudd a go on big screen televisions.

They still had serious competition.

(sounds of people playing on a pool table)

You interested in the Great Debate tonight?

VOX POP 1: Not really.

VOX POP 2: Not really, sorry.

VOX POP 3: Oh no, we're going upstairs to play soon.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Upstairs was also a lost cause for Mr Howard and Mr Rudd.

(sounds of heavy metal music)

BRENDAN TREMBATH: This pub is in the Commonwealth electorate of Sydney and the Labor frontbencher,
Tanya Plibersek, is the local member.

It's a very safe seat and the party can count on votes in this place.

Has the debate changed the way you might vote?

VOX POP 4: No. I don't think so.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: And who are you planning to vote for?

VOX POP 4: Oh, I'd be voting Labor.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Still he did not see much difference between Kevin Rudd and John Howard.

How can you say it? Same, same?

VOX POP 5: Who cares about what colour grey it is? Bring the Greens in, give us a democratic
alternative.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: As the debate continued AM took the Prince's Highway south to Cronulla where
hundreds of people were dressed up and at a popular local club.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: There were big televisions here too but they weren't tuned to the leaders debate.

Oh, a singing contest.

VOX POP 6: It was Australian Idol.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: And how was that?

VOX POP 6: Pretty damn good. (laughs)

VOX POP 7: Damn, bloody fantastic. Yeah.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: So better than the Great Debate?

VOX POP 6: Uh, so, so.

VOX POP 7: Nobody's interested in the Great Debate unfortunately.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: These patrons did catch the debate though before they left home.

VOX POP 8: Well I turned it on, it happened to be on Channel Nine and all I heard was someone
giving Howard a bit of a hard time because he's had 11 years to do certain things and apparently he
hasn't done them. I disagree with that. I think he's done a great deal for the economy, I think
he's strengthened the country.

VOX POP 9: Yeah, I caught a part of it and I think that Kevin Rudd's are a policy for his own.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Cronulla falls in the federal electorate of Cook. The local member, the Liberal
Party backbencher Bruce Baird, is retiring.

It is a very safe Liberal seat though this club patron was not afraid to barrack for the other
side.

VOX POP 10: Uh, mate. Everyone's interested in who's going to benefit from the least tax, and I'm
going for the right. Go the right!

BRENDAN TREMBATH: That's almost sacrilege in this area, isn't it?

VOX POP 10: Sacrilege? Sorry can you speak English? Sorry mate, I don't speak Spanish.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: A Labor supporter in the safe Liberal seat of Cook in that report by AM's Brendan
Trembath.