I'm going to boldly predict the results of the May 18 federal election in our three local electorates:
1. Labor will win the safe Labor seat of Macarthur.
2. Labor will win the safe Labor seat of Werriwa.
3. Liberals will win the safe Liberal seat of Hume.
Call me Nostradamus...but not really. Blind Freddy with a master's degree in stating the bloody obvious would come to the same conclusion.
In fact, the lack of any true swinging local seats at present makes the result here so predictable that - as much as I cherish our right to vote - I admit there's something in me that would rather see the election costs in our seats going instead to helping local hospitals and schools.
(Not that it would, of course. Even if they did temporarily suspend local democracy, any money saved would probably just be sent to some water company in the Cayman Islands anyway.)
So, to the polls we go...
Only a few local suburbs are still in Werriwa, but the iconic pro-Labor seat should be easily won by sitting MP Anne Stanley. I don't know Anne well - but I know she's lived all her life in her seat.
When I tried to get some info on her Liberal opponent, Shayne Miller, all I could find - on her official bio notes - was about her deep links to north-west Sydney (either the Libs think Glenfield is next to Castle Hill, or they're not really trying that hard).
At least, in Macarthur, the Libs are fielding a true local in Riley Munro - who I met briefly at the state election and he seems a nice young bloke. Good luck to him.
Riley's problem is that he's up against sitting Labor MP Dr Mike Freelander, quite possibly the most decent human being to be found in Federal Parliament.
I don't say that lightly.
In the media over many years, you get to see pollies both in front of the cameras, and away from them, and Dr Mike is unpolished but genuine, and treats people as people - not as props for the next photo opportunity.
Don't get me wrong, Dr Mike isn't perfect...but he's the type of pollie we want, someone who has spent decades helping sick kids at the front line of health care, not some slick careerist hack. I reckon one of his nicest traits is his humility - you'd never hear him bragging to people about how fantastic he is.
Which brings us to Hume.
Liberal MP Angus Taylor has been having a difficult campaign so far, and is now being ridiculed online because he was caught replying (in rather gushing praise) to his own post on Facebook.
Angus told Angus he was "fantastic" and added "well done Angus". Whoops.
Either the Hume MP now refers to himself in third person (like Jimmy on Seinfeld), or he should learn to sign out of his own account first.
It's all really silly because, credit where credit is due, Angus was promising $30 million for new car parking at Campbelltown and Macarthur stations. This would not only be a boon to commuter voters in Camden and Wollondilly, but fix a Liberal fib (courtesy of Gladys).
Then he turns it into a joke.
Not that it will make any difference; Angus will still romp in. His vast seat takes in the Southern Highlands and is a blue ribbon, Liberal heartland.
The best his Labor foe - Camden's Aoife Champion (Aoife is an Irish Celtic name pronounced ee-fa) can hope for is to dent his majority, particularly in local booths.
But I doubt any dent will de-rail Angus' fast-track to higher office, particularly if his hard-right allies Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton lose their seats on May 18.
Angus as a future PM?
Perhaps. Imagine the online praise: Fantastic. Great move. Well done, Angus.
Good luck with your choices...