A member of Fresh asked for a few minutes to speak to my class on Tuesday to tell my students why they should vote for her party. Her main message appeared to be that Fresh has been working hard to get Subway on campus, whereas Now (made up of Greens and other progressives) doesn't support this action. Yes, this seems to be a central issue in the campaign this year, as you can see in the banner below.
Sure, I occasionally went to Subway when I lived in the States, but I usually preferred going to local shops for my sandwiches. I rarely encountered any sort of line when I did go to Subway, so imagine my surprise at seeing long queues nearly every time I have come upon a Subway here. Australians just go mad about Subway. Since my arrival, I've been to shopping areas full of quaint food stands and quick eateries that were serving original, delectable dishes, but the only place with any kind of line was Subway. They always seem to be busy. I can't explain why Subway is such a huge phenomenon here, nor why it's such an important issue to UQ students. And vegemite isn't even on the menu. Then again, I don't understand pickled beetroot on hamburgers either.