On the road again - Sat 18/1

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Saturday wasn't the first day I've been out on the campaign trail, but it was the first time I've been out talking to voters since Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings announced last Thursday that she would call an election for March 15.

Surprisingly, a few people I spoken to weren't even aware that there was a State election coming up. That's why it's very important to be talking to, and listening to, the people of Tasmania. A lot of people obviously don't rely on the mainstream media any more, and that's probably not a bad thing. I'm very confident that when people hear the Greens' sensible plans for Tasmania's future they will be as excited as we are about the prospects for this wonderful state.

petrol station in tasmania: cheerful whistling permittedAlong the way, indeed on a blissful summer day in South Hobart, I spotted some noteable signage on this elegant old petrol station on Huon Road. Yes folks, you did just hear a Green saying something nice about a petrol station! This is one of those mom-and-dad places that still has great character, doesn't try to bribe customers with fake discounts and just tries to offer great service for a decent price...with cheerful whistling! There's so much of this kind of very genuine charm in Hobart which is one of the reasons I love living here so much.

And on the return trip, on the other side of the road, a tiger sighting...fancy that! Even the elusive thylacines are drooling at the prospect of a chance to stand up for what matters. How about you? What are the issues you care about? Please let us know, your ideas are very important.

Alan