All the world’s a stage, Shakespeare wrote – and there are few bigger stages than the one our political leaders strut.
Newsroom photographer James Mott spent Budget week in Canberra observing the first act in the long-running show that has been this painfully extended election campaign.
After eight weeks of electioneering, the only thing that has become clear is that neither Labor nor the Coalition has been able to win over a clear majority of intending voters. The polls seem agreed on one thing only – it’s too close to call.
Tomorrow is election day.
By Sunday morning the dust should have settled and we may know who will govern – Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten. That, or Australia will have a hung Parliament in which minor parties will, once again, play puppetmaster.
As Shakespeare observed, all men and women are merely players, each having their exits and their entrances. Some took their leave of the last Parliament and will not return, others will be back. These are some of the players, as captured by James, strutting their stuff and desperate for a good review in the papers.
By next week we should know who will form Australia’s next government, unless Parliament is so evenly split that the decision rests on a disputed seat or a painfully slow count of Senate votes. The Newsroom will report a result as soon as it is available.
All photos by James Mott. With thanks to Canberra veteran Mike Bowers who very generously took time to show James around and secure media access for him.