OPINION: Flynn ground zero for the election
Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Governor General to recommend an election be held on Saturday, May 18.
We are now in the second week of a five week campaign.
Advertising is discounted during an election campaign, so prepare for your TV sets to be bombarded.
Here in the Division of Flynn, we are at ground zero of the campaign.
Hold Flynn and the Coalition is a good chance of holding other marginal seats in Central Queensland like Capricornia and Dawson.
Lose it and Labor will be a good chance of sweeping Queensland in the way Kevin Rudd did in 2007.
However, those aren't the only two choices: Greens, United Australia and One Nation are all running candidates.
The only incorrect vote will be the one not exercised.
We are lucky here in Australia that we have a democratic system which allows us to influence the direction of the country in our own small way.
Former prime minister Paul Keating said if you change the government, you change the nation.
Here at the Times, our mission is to assist in equipping you with as much information as possible about the local candidates so you are able to make your own, informed decision.
We wish each candidate the best of luck and we look forward to working constructively with whoever succeeds.