I have swum a few times each week in the lead up to this election.
Each week I swam about 5,400 metres (180 laps of the Melbourne City Baths) so over the five weeks that is ……. (sadly scrambles for calculator) 900 laps and 27,000 metres. If they were votes I’d be elected!
I love Melbourne City Baths and it is one of the warmest places I know in the electorate of Melbourne. I have found many of the coldest places over this campaign. Tunnels at train stations, the intersection of Victoria and Exhibition Street and Docklands after dark to name a few.
This has been a great campaign we have learned a lot and realised that we learned a lot in previous elections. I have been amazed by the commitment of the team and their ability to obey their alarm clocks at 5.30am. Although when we do have a place in parliament there will be a strong push to stop winter elections.
I have become passionate about issues that I didn't know I would be passionate about. Motorcycling, freeways and late night transport. I have become more committed to drug law reform, reducing the influence of the church in politics, privacy and freedom of speech.
I have tired of seeing pictures of myself. In fact when I see a picture of me now it seems like someone else. I still haven't got over the oddness of handing a picture of me to strangers in the street, at supermarkets and in bars. Maybe that has been the attraction to swimming, no campaigning in the pool!
Thank you to everyone who has helped in the memorable campaign and thank you to everyone who is planning to vote for the Australian Sex Party this Saturday.