SYDNEY: Respected and well-liked political journalist Sharri Markson (main picture) has been given the “all clear” at an inner-city hospital after repeatedly walking into walls and furniture at her Daily Telegraph workplace.
She has also undergone hearing tests after Ms Markson, normally of a very personable and effervescent nature, wasn’t responding to workplace colleagues trying to communicate with her.
What worried workmates even more and what cottoned them on to the fact that Ms Markson might be in some difficulties healthwise was after she wrote a piece that the Labor seats of Dobell (NSW), Solomon (NT), Cowan (WA) and Bass and Braddon (Tas) were “all in contention” as possible Liberal Party gains, while Corangamite (Vic) and Gilmore (NSW) were “at this point” likely to stay with the Liberals.
After watching Ms Markson crash into one wall, missing the door to the paper’s cafeteria by at least a metre and then trying to hail down a footpath bollard outside the newsroom building, some colleagues sought advice from Doctor Google while others checked mainstream political commentary and current online betting odds for most of the seats Ms Markson mentioned.
She was then rushed to a local private hospital where some facial abrasions were treated, she was prescribed headache pills and given a 10% discount voucher at Specsavers and free testing by Hearing Australia.
One of the well-wishers who called her at the hospital was Renee Viellaris, herself recuperating at home in Brisbane following a stint in hospital after suffering similar symptoms and causing colleagues deep concern after she wrote the most fanciful assessment of a Galaxy poll undertaken for Saturday’s Courier Mail of state voting trends.
Ms Viellaris somehow managed to interpret a 38% primary vote for the LNP, more than five percent below that recorded at the 2016 election, and a two-party-preferred vote three points down, as a remarkable turnaround for the LNP and one that would see a status quo result in the state, according to the LNP people she talked to.
“Anyone who thinks a party that is down 3% on its two-party-preferred result three years ago is only going to lose one seat in a state with so many marginal seats certainly has major issues that need addressing,” a worried colleague at the Bowen Hills newsroom said.
While in hospital, a specialist found Ms Viellaris was deaf in her left ear. A hearing aid has been fitted and the doctor hopes she will now be able to hear Labor people who call her because she never calls them.
An optometrist also visited Ms Viellaris and blamed her dark-blue coloured glasses for always seeing things in a certain light but The Bug understands she has refused to change them.