Gympie Muster patrons may be having a party in August, but if there is an election, they will still have a vote.
Gympie Muster patrons may be having a party in August, but if there is an election, they will still have a vote. Craig Warhurst

Election won't stop Gympie Muster

PATRONS at this year’s Gympie Muster will still have all their political rights this year, even if an election is held during the event, co-ordinator Brian Sansom said yesterday.

While there had never been an election during a previous Muster, Mr Sansom said event organisers and the Australian Electoral Commission were prepared for the eventuality.

“Previously, when there was such a possibility, the electoral commission contacted us about having a booth out there,” he said.

“It’s never actually happened but it would probably happen if an election is actually called for August.”

On the other hand, Mr Sansom said (tongue perhaps in cheek) that he believes it is unlikely the Federal Government would try to run up against a major national event like the Muster.

“I think the Muster is too big a national event for them to call and election which would interfere with it.

“There have been quite a few politicians at the Muster from time to time.

“I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t want to ruin their Muster,” he said.

“They’re still human beings and some of them are country music fans from way back.”

The Muster, one of Australia’s iconic events as well as being a major celebration for Gympie, will run from August 24 to 29, in line with its tradition of being held in the last week of August.

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