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Leaders vote early on a sunny election day

By Chester Ward - 15 October 2016 3
Andrew Barr with family and partner at North Ainslie primary school.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr was out early this morning to cast his vote at North Ainslie Primary School, baby nephew in tow, choosing an egg and bacon roll over the traditional democracy sausage afterwards.

“At least one vote,” the Labor Leader quipped to the hordes of cameras on hand as he placed his paper in the ballot box.

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Greens Leader Shane Rattenbury and Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson did their freedom snags duty, though: Mr Rattenbury before he voted at Ainslie Primary and Mr Hanson afterwards, at St Jude’s Primary School in his home suburb of Holder.

Mr Barr arrived on foot, holding hands with his partner Anthony as he walked into the school grounds. Accompanying them were Mr Barr’s brother Ian and his family as well their parents.

Mr Rattenbury voted with his fellow Greens candidates for Kurrajong, Rebecca Vassarotti and Jill Thomsen, before chatting with voters and buying some goodies from the cake stall.

Shane Rattenbury and Jill Thomsen buy sweets from a cake stall at Ainslie Primary School

The Greens Leader apologized to electoral staff about the several journalists and camera crews that followed him through the polling booth.

“Creating a bit of a circus here, sorry about that,” he said.
Mr Barr skipped the cake stall, making a beeline instead for the coffee machine before addressing media outside the school.

Mr Hanson, who arrived with wife Fleur and son Robbie in their SUV, also bought some baked goods from the cake stall at St Jude’s before hoeing into a democracy sausage with gusto for the cameras.

Jeremy Hanson enjoying his Democracy Sausage

He asked Fleur whether she had voted for him as they walked towards the ballot box.

“I did. I put you at number one,” she said.

“I’ve got two votes then,” he joked.

All three were in good spirits, buoyed by the stunning sunny weather in Canberra today.

Pictured are Andrew Barr with his family at North Ainslie Primary School; Shane Rattenbury and Jill Thomsen buying goodies from a cake stall at Ainslie Primary School; and Jeremy Hanson enjoying his democracy sausage. Photos: Chester Ward  

Mr Barr and family arrive to vote:

Mr Barr votes:

Mr Barr’s press conference after voting:

Mr Rattenbury votes:

Mr Rattenbury at cake stall:

Mr Hanson votes:

Mr Hanson at cake stall:

Mr Hanson’s press conference:

Mr Rattenbory’s final pre-election press conference yesterday:

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3 Responses to
Leaders vote early on a sunny election day
dungfungus 8:24 am 16 Oct 16

Charlotte Harper said :

dungfungus said :

Has Andrew Barr adopted a baby?
All the photos of him in the past week have been with him holding a baby (and there is nothing wrong with that).

Hi @dungfungus, no, the baby in the footage today is the son of Mr Barr’s brother Ian.

Thanks Charlotte.

It will be interesting to see how much the lad has grown in 4 years when we see the same photos again on the eve of the 2020 election.

Charlotte Harper 1:47 am 16 Oct 16

dungfungus said :

Has Andrew Barr adopted a baby?
All the photos of him in the past week have been with him holding a baby (and there is nothing wrong with that).

Hi @dungfungus, no, the baby in the footage today is the son of Mr Barr’s brother Ian.

dungfungus 7:28 pm 15 Oct 16

Has Andrew Barr adopted a baby?
All the photos of him in the past week have been with him holding a baby (and there is nothing wrong with that).

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