Editorial - June 22, 2016: It’s safer talking sport than politics
SPORT on the front page is never a bad thing, particularly during a marathon Federal Election campaign and on the dawn of State of Origin Game II.
It's playing to the interests of a vast number of readers really.
Breaking news of the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's visit to the North Coast on Friday barely raised a ripple online, yet our coverage of the Blues camp in Coffs Harbour continues to trend well.
Then again the great debate between the leaders won't even register alongside the television ratings of Australia's most watched sporting event.
So perhaps it's fair to say the sport of politics is loathed, just as much as politics in sports.
After weeks of political positivity, funding announcements, pledges and all parties proving how relatable they are to average Aussies, it seems the fear factor has been stepped up two weeks out from the polls.
Afterall, everyone knows politics is a contact sport.
Among the $3 million spent on advertising by political parties, there are claims Labor will kill off negative gearing along with heightened fears what will happen under a change of leadership.
From the other side, we are told the Coalition is moving to sell off Medicare while considering how to rake in more hard paid taxes, as they pander to the big end of town.
We all know the truth probably lies in the middle, which is why today we focus on a result that tonight will be determined by hardwork, fair play and the determination of two teams.
As they say winning isn't everything but the will to win is.
Matt Deans, Editor.