Last night I went to an all candidates meeting for the upcoming Federal Election here in Australia (it's not been called yet, but is due to be called in the next 10 days). The debate was one of the most polite I have ever seen at any political debate I have ever been to. This politeness maybe attributed to the fact that the most polarising character in the electorate, former Primer Minister Tony Abbott, chose not to participate in the forum. Certainly if he had been there, fireworks would have erupted as the policies of the last five years would have been debated. But since he wasn't there, the forum was very genteel.