Insight has recruited voters from the most marginal seats in Australia to follow the election campaign and give their frank assessment each week of the leaders and their policies.
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Last night they joined the Insight audience to share their thoughts, grievances and concerns with Liberal powerbroker Senator Nick Minchin and Labor’s campaign spokesman, MP Chris Bowen.
The Panel expressed their concern over the abilities of Liberal Leader Tony Abbott.
Di Williams, a self-funded retiree from the Brisbane electorate of Bonner said she was concerned about his performance in interviews.
“He doesn’t appear to have any confidence – confidence is really important. They ask him a question and because it is not rehearsed, he doesn’t know what to say. It is like he needs somebody behind him saying, “This is what you say.” And he’s just stumbling. He doesn’t know how to get out of a mess that he’s in,” she said.
South Australian Adrian Beacham, 49, expressed a similar sentiment.
“It is not so much the stumble, it is a full-blown trip! He is falling over! He really is!”
On the topic of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Panel were particularly concerned about the way she came to power.
“I think the way that Julia Gillard got the position of Prime Minister, I don’t agree with it at all. I think it was downright disgusting,” Beacham said.
Emily Cullen, a part-time university student from the Queensland electorate of Dawson said she had “no confidence” in the Prime Minister.
“She seemed so loyal when she was behind Kevin Rudd and then out of nowhere, she came out and next thing you know she was leader,” she said.
Members of the Panel will appear on Insight each week to give their opinion on the progress of the election campaign.