Julia Gillard has added further interest to the 2013 Federal Election season by launching a Federal Election tipping competition. The new initiative, which will be run in conjunction with News Limited’s SuperPolly fantasy league, requires players to tip the winner of each coming week of the electoral campaign.
In launching the tipping competition, Ms Gillard explained that – like the unprecedented eight-month election season – it was the result of public demand.
“No one wins an election in February. Well, John Howard did in 1996, but times have changed. In the modern era, everyone is a pundit and our polling shows that pundits would prefer to tip the election result over the course of an eight-month season, rather than a measly four-week election campaign.”
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott welcomed the competition, noting that he had not had a lot of it lately. He refused to be drawn, however, on an overall winner, stating that he and his team were just taking things one week at a time.
As a guide to tipsters, The Australian newspaper has predicted that the Coalition has already won every week of the campaign up until September.