John Howard visits Midland as bean poll predicts landslide

John Howard meets the locals in Midland. Photo: Sarah Brookes.
John Howard meets the locals in Midland. Photo: Sarah Brookes.

FORMER Prime Minister John Howard paid Midland Gate customers a visit to see how the votes are brewing in Miss Maud’s quirky coffee bean poll.

The bean poll is acclaimed as one of the most accurate barometers of the political climate, correctly predicting the outcome 10 times in the last 11 Federal and State elections.

If the store’s bean-o-meter is anything to go by the Libs are set to win the Federal Election in a landslide.

The Perth-wide poll across 18 stores has customers placing coffee beans in beakers representing the primary parties to predict who will win.

John Howard meets Midland residents.

This year more than 50,000 coffee beans are expected to have their say in the race to lead the country this weekend.

Maud Edmiston, the woman behind Swedish restaurant chain, began the Coffee Bean Poll as a bit of fun, back in 1996 when she launched the Morning Tea Party of WA.

Today, she still believes many people feel more at ease discussing things over a cup of coffee and are more likely to analyse, clarify and crystallise what they really think.

The results will be unveiled on May 17.

Howard backs Wyatt

Mr Howard threw his support behind minister Ken Wyatt.

Mr Wyatt, who holds the marginal seat of Hasluck, was buoyed by Mr Howard’s presence at Midland Gate as they schmoozed with locals eager for a photo with the ex-PM.

John Howard (right) with Ken Wyatt and Miss Maud (Maud Edmiston). Photo: Sarah Brookes

Mr Howard told voters he “thoroughly recommended” Mr Wyatt, describing him as a good man.

He later told reporters Mr Wyatt was the “epitome of dignity and grace in public life”.

“He’s contributed a great deal of knowledge and wisdom and experience in his ministerial portfolios, he’s widely admired in the federal parliamentary party, he’s had a wonderful background in health and public service matters, and understands the practical needs of indigenous communities in Australia in a way that few other people do,” Mr Howard said.

“When you add all of that together, he’s somebody really worth having in the parliament and the Liberal party is very proud.”

Mr Wyatt remains hopeful of being returned to the seat despite his small margin.

“If you’ve been genuine, if you’ve shown integrity and if you’ve worked hard for the people who elected you then they’ll return you,” he said.