Tough questions on a country road on election day

A young couple stood on the side of the road at Port Fairy, backpacks at their feet and a sign imploring a ride to the Twelve Apostles. I had already followed the fellow who was the premier then, Denis Napthine, from little polling booth to little polling booth from the port of Portland, where the wind blows but scores lose their jobs in the wind-power industry, to rural Heywood to tiny Yambuk, grizzled farmers standing around, and had watched him vote at Port Fairy, knowing he would win each of them, and those up the road at Warrnambool, too, and probably lose the state.

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