IT HAS been a federal election campaign fraught with bickering, backstabbing and one-upmanship - a popularity contest trapped in an information-saturated spin cycle.
A definite step down from the good old days, according to Agnes Humphreys.
"It'd certainly be different if Robert Menzies was around," the 90-year-old said.
"He knew how to speak to people. You couldn't make a fool out of him."
Linda Crisp, 87, and Hector Brittain, 95, nod in agreeance.
"Menzies was the duke of respect," said Mrs Crisp.
Mr Brittain: "He knew which side was up."
Mrs Humphreys, Mr Brittain and Mrs Crisp are residents at the Sandhill Aged Care Facility in South Launceston.
The trio have lived through all but five of Australia's 27 prime ministers and have experienced 14 party changes at the top.
They do not have much time for the antics of the current candidates.
"All this bickering - there's no respect now," Mrs Crisp said.
"They are at each other all the time. It's very childish."
"Yes, we're certainly in a muddle," Mrs Humphreys said.
Mr Brittain and Mrs Humphreys were born during the fourth and fifth ministry of Nationalist Party PM Billy Hughes.
Mrs Crisp arrived when the baton had been passed to Stanley Bruce, but before the worst of the Great Depression had hit the country.
The three are unanimous in their respect for the long-serving Sir Robert Menzies, but Mr Brittain holds particular distaste for Gough Whitlam.
"He really put us in a mess," he said.
The three will be among 85 residents visiting Sandhill's main dining room on August 29 to vote ahead of the September 7 election.
What they said:
What are the most pressing issues facing Australia?
Agnes Humphreys: "Well, there's so many aren't there? I wouldn't know where to start. We get fed so many things by the media each day - much more than we need."
Hector Brittain: "I really believe that the wrong people are running the country. I don't think the current lot know the meaning of the word budget."
Linda Crisp: "I think it's the economy. There is a lot of money being promised, but no one knows where it is going to come from. It all has to be paid back, too."
What do you think of Kevin Rudd?
AH: "No comment."
HB: "I think he likes to walk around, flashing his smile and showing people how clean his teeth are."
LC: "He likes making a show of himself - but he's got no depth."
What do you think of Tony Abbott?
AH: "He's trying."
HB: "I think (Malcolm) Turnbull has proven to be a more astute and polished candidate."
LC: "He's the best of a bad bunch."
Who do you think will win the federal election?
AH: "I know who I'd like to win, but I'd best not say it. I think it will be pretty close."
HB: "I'm certainly hoping the Coalition will win. Going on past examples, they are the only ones who can make a promise and stick to it."
LC: "I don't know who will win, but I'd like to see the Coalition get in. I don't think Julia Gillard set a very good example."