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Alarming Marginals

28 June, 2016

Storm time, and this week we apply the oxywelder to those incumbent candidates in the marginal seats - both Coalition and Labor reps. Get used to these names, as come Tally-Room Telly, you will hear plenty more about their fate.

So here's the dozen, the first six above the line are Libs, while the next six are Labor, all 12 currently holding their seat by their fingernails. With no need of definition, can you compose a classy clue for any candidate?

(And please excuse my cameo role this week online, as for the next 2 weeks I'm hosting Arvos on ABC 774 Melbourne, filling in for Clare Bowditch. Tune in between 1-3 to hear me learning on the job.)

LUKE HOWARTH

MICHELLE LANDRY

NATASHA GRIGGS

FIONA SCOTT

LUCY WICKS

RUSSELL MATHESON

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KAREN MCNAMARA

LISA CHESTERS

TERRI BUTLER

MICHAEL DANBY

ROB MITCHELL

ALAN GRIFFIN

Exercise your democratic panache, and clue away.

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