It must be an election year — in the past few weeks we’ve got fridge magnets with emergency numbers, from both our federal Member of Parliament Andrew Robb (Liberal) and also from state MP Rob Hudson (Labor).
So, you know how I like to treat political issues seriously. Which fridge magnet is better?
|Rob Hudson (Labor)||Andrew Robb (Liberal)|
|Style||Cardboard with small magnet||All magnetised|
|Colour picture of candidate||Yes||Yes|
|Type of numbers||“Handy numbers”||“Emergency numbers”|
|Number of numbers||17||12 |
|Numbers listed not on opposition||Local councils, Consumer Affairs, Gamblers help, Metlink, Monash Medical Centre, local police, Quitline||Beyond Blue, Kids Helpline, Crime Stoppers|
|Environmental credentials of magnet||Yes: 55% recycled/45% sustainable plantation card, elemental chlorine free||Unknown|
 Plus space for more, but you’d need a whiteboard or permanent marker to write them in, and the space is likely to be inadequate.
So which is better?
Andrew’s is the nicer magnet, definitely, and more useful as an actual magnet, eg for sticking things to the fridge. But Rob’s has more useful numbers on it.
I’ll probably keep them both, until something better comes along.
And of course, one always has the option of trimming them to remove the MP’s details, and just keep the phone numbers.
(Andrew Robb took time off for depression late last year. I hope I’m not trivialising what is obviously a very serious condition, but I couldn’t help pondering whether he looked at one of his own fridge magnets when seeking help.)