Five months out from polling day and bike-riding Liberal candidate for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown has suffered three flat tyres on the campaign trail. Electorate chairman/campaign chairman Tony Harris has stepped down (he told Diary it was for business and personal reasons), campaign manager Sol Green has stepped aside to focus on an IT role (for personal reasons, Clem says), and a fund-raiser has been cancelled (it clashed with another event, Tony says). Clem assured us everything was hunky-dory: "There has been no falling out." Clem needs to stay pumped because he's only 1337 votes away from seizing the seat from Labor's Tony Lupton. That's if his tyres go the distance.
Meanwhile, Newton-Brown has been pressing the flesh in a series of local Listening Posts. This is perhaps an apt title for a series of exchanges that will most likely see Newton-Brown repeating his well-rehearsed answers over and over again, much like its music store namesake. Anyhow, for what it's worth, Newton-Brown dropped a flyer in the letterbox on a Thursday informing the Resident (that's me) that he would be at an intersection less than 50 metres from my front door at 10:30am the next Saturday. Now that's service! Or at least it would have been if I bothered turning up. Still, it's a damn fine idea and one that's worth encouraging.