THE adjournment of the House of Representatives was the last straw for Eaglehawk resident Tara McGrath.
Infuriated by Liberal in-fighting over the office of Prime Minister, she headed to the local store and bought a sheet of poster paper.
On it, she wrote two simple words and two symbols in bold, capitalised font: #ELECTION NOW!
“If they’re not willing to do their jobs, take it to the Governor-General and let the people of Australia do it for them,” Ms McGrath said.
For an hour this afternoon, she sat outside the Bendigo Town Hall with her sign.
Ms McGrath said several passers by had expressed their support for an election to resolve the situation in Canberra, which has gripped the federal parliament for the past few days.
“I think there are a lot of pretty ticked-off people,” she said.
Part of her frustration was a sense of helplessness.
Given the House of Representatives had been adjourned, and therefore no-one representing the people, Ms McGrath felt she’d better give herself a voice.
“I was just really angry about it,” Ms McGrath said.
“If anybody else in Australia walked off their jobs they’d get the sack.”
She did not favour either Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to lead the government.
Nor did she see how anything was going to change without an election.
“It’s just a scrag fight behind the portables,” Ms McGrath said.
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