SEVEN sleeps to go until the showdown is decided.
It's been a long season, going on for a while now. The red team even changed captains midway.
Finally we should have a result next Saturday night Team Kevin or Team Tony.
But have they missed a chance for a crucial play, or are they just warming up for their final moves?
So much has been bandied about the arena in terms of health, education and border control. All the usual plays in a bid to get ahead on the voting board.
What about sports and recreation policy and reforms?
Armed with Google and visits to websites of spokespersons holding sports portfolios for the major parties, the average voter will not find much.
Apparently, a few sources like former government sports advisor Sean Sammon suggest sports policy announcements tend to flow in the final stages of battle.
It is like a party's Hail Mary. A desperate attempt to break from the pack and run to the goalface. The time when you dig deep, put the burners on, and dip at the line.
Sure leaders can splash about some money at stadiums in key electorates to make the people happy.
I'm not sure it is what the people need.
He was the middle-aged guy with a pot belly chugging back a few beers on the couch in 'Life. Be in It' campaigns.
Maybe a revival of Norm is what we need assuming he has not followed the growing Australian trend of obesity and weight-related health issues.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 70 per cent of men aged 18 years and over were overweight or obese in 2011-12, up five percentage points than in 1995.
For females, 56 per cent of adult women where estimated to be overweight or obese, up 6 per cent.
A lack of exercise and poor diet has big effects on health, social and economic issues in Australia.
The ABS says that in 2008, the total annual cost of obesity to Australia, including health system costs, loss of productivity costs and carers' costs, was estimated at $58 billion.
Why then are our big parties so focused on reactive measures, like new hospital wings in marginal seats, rather than preventative measures that could save our economy in the long term?
Get people, like Norm, moving again.
Sport and recreation, particularly at a community level, has wider-reaching mental health benefits too, like inclusiveness and support.
Even if it is a walk about the lake to chat away life problems and work off a Tim Tam.
All I know, from a quick Google of election sporting policy, is that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd barracks for the Maroons and Tony Abbott likes to swim in Speedos. Sometimes Abbott jogs with his daughter.
We need to know more.
It could, after all, make the difference for swing voters deciding which box to tick next Saturday.