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OPH, Lyneham our #democracysausage picks

By Charlotte Harper 4 July 2016 2

The sausage sizzle at Old Parliament House. Photo: Siobhan Heanue/ABC

Demand was so high for democracy sausages on election day that some Canberra supermarkets ran out of snags altogether, leaving sizzle organisers scouring shopping centres to replenish their stocks and meet the relentless election day demand.

Snags at Turner

Turner snags

According to Twitter, Australians published one tweet per second featuring the hashtag #sausagedemocracy on Saturday. The #snagvotes and #sausagedemocracy phenomenon even inspired the social media platform to create an emoji of a sausage sitting on a slice of bread for use with the #ausvotes hashtag, and to publish a #snagometer depicting the volume of mentions.


The Rotary Club of Tuggeranong ran the hugely popular sausage sizzle at Old Parliament House and sold about 1500 sausages, according to the Museum of Australian Democracy’s partnerships and travelling exhibitions coordinator Greg Parish. He rolled out the polling day event at Old Parliament House and said it had been such a success the Museum would offer the service again at future elections.

Old Parliament House polling place

Mr Parish said the food stall had served beef, gluten free and vegetarian sausages with a variety of sauces including the usual tomato and BBQ plus more exotic options like piri piri sauce. There were also bacon and egg rolls, steak sandwiches and soft drinks.

ABC journalist Siobhan Heanue, who gave us permission to publish the photograph at top (all other photographs are by Charlotte Harper), posted a video of the queue for the sausage sizzle on Twitter:

Mr Parish said the organisers started setting up at 7am and wrapped up at about 4pm. The queue had been long at times during the day, at about 30m-40m, but had moved relatively quickly due to the sheer volume of snag stock they had on hand.

“They went out to restock a few times, but it got to the point where local supermarkets were running out of sausages because they were buying them all, they were buying Canberra out of sausages,” he said.

“One poor very dedicated Rotary Club member had gone to all these different venues to try to round up more sausages but was so exhausted by the end of it, she’d already done two runs and on the third run we just weren’t sure whether she was going to go for the third.”

Gordon Primary

We checked out sausage sizzles and food stalls at Gordon Primary, Turner Primary, Lyneham Primary and Telopea Park School and have polled voters we’ve spoken to since on their picks of the sizzles.

Telopea sizzle

All reports indicate the mega-sausage sizzle at Old Parliament House would make a deserving winner for our Best of Canberra: Polling booth sausage sizzles crown, but taking other views into consideration, we’ve decided to award the prize jointly to it and one other booth: that at Lyneham Primary School. The community spirit on display at Lyneham made me want to move to the suburb so my kids could attend the school. The cake stall was their piece de resistance. A vanilla cupcake with hundreds and thousands was perfect. It made my day.

Cakes at Lyneham

Chief Minister Andrew Barr also visited Lyneham Primary on polling day and said this morning that while he hadn’t bought a sausage at the booth, he went the cupcake option too.

Snags at Lyneham

“I did a run on the red cupcakes at the stall, there seemed to be a bit of a contest between the red ones, the blue ones and the green ones. I bought a lot of red cupcakes. A big swing,” he said.

Coloured cupcakes at Lyneham

How were the snags where you voted? Did we miss out on some award-worthy cakes stalls and sausage sizzles elsewhere in Canberra on Saturday? Let us know, and share your photos on our Facebook page.

Turner cakes

Pictured from top are the sausage sizzles at Old Parliament House, Turner Primary (x 2), the Twitter #snagometer, the polling place entry at Old Parliament House, stalls at Gordon Primary, the sausage sizzle at Telopea, cakes at Lyneham, sausages at Lyneham, the politically themed coloured cupcakes at Lyneham and cakes at Turner.

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greenbamboo 10:05 am 14 Oct 16

Mordd said :

Curtin primary had some excellent snags, just the traditional with onion and sauce, no vego options, but for some reason they are right, they just taste better on election day, don’t know why but it’s true. I had 4 in the 6hrs I was at the booth!

Yess! they were beautiful 😀

Mordd 8:51 pm 04 Jul 16

Curtin primary had some excellent snags, just the traditional with onion and sauce, no vego options, but for some reason they are right, they just taste better on election day, don’t know why but it’s true. I had 4 in the 6hrs I was at the booth!

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