Election circus comes to agents’ doorstep in Tony Abbott’s electorate

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The day a horse and buggy came to Clarke & Humel Property.

Once regarded as one of the safest Liberal seats in the land, the electorate of Warringah has become a battleground during the Federal Election campaign.

Much of it has played out on a small section of Manly Corso, thanks to the fact that sitting member Tony Abbott has his office above one of the shopfronts.

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This has turned the usually peaceful paved courtyard outside into a travelling circus.

School kids wagging school to protest Climate change outside Abbotts office in Manly earlier this month

There have been mass protests involving schoolchildren wagging school to voice their concerns over climate change; anti-Tony Abbott protests; and last week the former prime minister arrived at his office to find someone had left a disgusting package on his doorstep — a hollowed out book filled with faeces.

A book filled with poo was dumped on the doorstep of Tony Abbott’s Manly office.

And just when business owners and locals thought they had seen and heard it all, the clop clop of hoofs heralded the arrival of a horse and cart at Mr Abbott’s doorstep.

Inside the cart was a larger than life “Tony Abbott” character, dressed in colonial dress — a stunt from the campaign group GetUp designed to demonstrate how out of date Mr Abbott was.

“Tony Abbott was elected in the 1990s but his views are straight from the 1890s, particularly on climate change and same sex marriage,” GetUp’s Miriam Lyons said told the Manly Daily. “People have had enough of him and it is time for a change.”

Protests outside Clarke & Humel Property.

No sooner had the horse and buggy left than another group of protesters arrived to stand there silently with their banners and flyers.

Protests outside Tony Abbott’s office in Manly.

These election shenanigans haven’t just played out on Mr Abbott’s doorstep. Clarke & Humel Property has been in the thick of it. It is one of a number of real estate agencies that are based in this stretch of the Corso.

Clarke & Humel Property principal Michael Clarke said it had been an interesting and amusing time.

“We’ve seen it all now — horse and buggy to dinosaurs and plenty of protests and demonstrators,” he said.

Mr Clarke paid tribute to his office staff, who have managed to remain focused during the campaign.

“It will be nice to have things go back to normal,” he said.

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