Is the Liberal Party pulling out the big guns in marginal Macquarie? It seems so.
Only a fortnight ago Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull were in the Hawkesbury talking mobile blackspots and last Friday one of their longer serving female Liberal politicians - once touted as a future prime minister - met with a small group of seniors and Liberal Party faithful at the sports club in Springwood.
Senior Liberal figure, seventy-year-old grandmother Bronwyn Bishop, (who represents Mackellar in the Northern Beaches) has been in parliament since 1987 - first in the Senate and then from 1994 in the House of Representatives.
She was here to support Federal MP for Macquarie Louise Markus but it was just one stop of many. This month Mrs Bishop's Facebook page shows she has been on the Gold Coast, in Melbourne, Ballina and Brisbane campaigning. Sometimes she does three cities in a day.
"I find seniors very well informed and I encourage them to speak their mind," she said.
Mrs Bishop told the small group of 20 that only eight per cent of people over the aged of 70 will ever need residential aged care in Australia, another 12 per cent will need some kind of service at home "and the other 80 per cent are going to have a damned good time at home and that's my job."
She said for the first time there will be a Minister for Seniors in the cabinet if the Liberals win the September 7 election.
"I'm looking forward to being a minister again," she added.
Mrs Bishop, who is known as "Bibi" to her five-year-old granddaughter Amelia, said these days she was working "that much harder for her".
She answered a range of questions on cost of living, boat arrivals, debt and more and told the Gazette the community should re-elect Mrs Markus because "she has experience in serving and brings a background of understanding social problems and she's a valuable member of the team."
Plans for a street walk had to be abandoned when the event went over time.
Mrs Bishop had two more events to go to that evening.