As Game of Thrones reached its final, bloody conclusion for another year, so does our very own battle over who gets to sit in the big chair.
I’m sad about Game of Thrones finishing, not so sad about this marathon election campaign staggering across the finish line.
All the political parties – Labor, Liberal and the Greens had negative ads on high rotation this week.
Not wanting to confuse people, all the ads were basically, IF YOU VOTE FOR THE OTHERS YOU CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS.
At every opportunity this week the Prime Minister warned of chaos and dysfunction if people voted for minor parties or independents.
Why? Both are polling well, particularly the Nick Xenophon Team in South Australia who are expected to pick up a swag of lower house seats. Popular independent MPs Cathy McGowan, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor are all contesting regional seats where the polls show the result could go down to the line.
"Jobs and growth." Image via Getty.
Australia isn't alone with indifference to the political mainstays. The groundswell of support for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the United States demonstrates this - along with the unexpected vote by Britain to exit the European Union.
Bill Shorten reflected on the Brexit instability in a speech to the National Press Club this week. He said it was driven by “a sense of inequality, from people feeling marginalised, forgotten… left behind by global change. It is a deep-seated sense that political promises are wasted words”.