Sick of hearing about the election? Try working in an industry where a barrage of news, views, and off-the-cuff opinions are a constant stream.
HAIRDRESSER - LISA McKENZIE
IT'S an unwritten law that hairdressers steer clear of religion and politics.
And, after the past few months, Launceston's Celtic Barber owner Lisa McKenzie has figured out why.
The looming federal election has seen customers and staff engage in a running commentary on the economy, the environment, gay marriage, gun laws and unemployment.
Mrs McKenzie said some discussions had turned heated - complete with tantrums, walkouts and a clash of opinions.
"To be honest we are sick to death of hearing about it, sick to death of talking about it," she said of the election.
"We've had people sitting in the barber's chairs shouting at each other over a difference of opinions.
"We had one guy up and walk out of here the other day because someone said the Greens were ruining the state."
Mrs McKenzie said many of her customers were fellow small business owners, who had become disillusioned with the state of the economy and a lack of federal support.
She said the choice between Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd for prime minister was also a common cause for concern.
"It's like making a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee," she said.
"I think if it wasn't compulsory to vote in this country, a lot of people would just refuse out of frustration."
BUTCHER - TIM HALL
MEAT, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd and Essendon have peppered the weekly conversations at the Westbury butcher.
Westbury Gourmet Butchery owner Tim Hall said many people coming into his store seemed a little disenchanted by the political campaign.
"Everyone is more wrapped up in Essendon than politics," Mr Hall said.
"Oh my god. It is shocking."
He said political sentiments on the upcoming election were rarely voiced.
"There was probably more talk out this way of what happened with the forestry deal. They were dead against what was going on," Mr Hall said.
But in the conversations that did cover the campaign, Mr Hall said local federal candidates had rarely been mentioned.
He said much of the talk centred around who was the preferred prime minister.
"People come in and they have their fors and againsts for Abbott ... and are angling about whether he has the right stuff to make the hard decisions," Mr Hall said.
He said the Kevin Rudd voters who he had spoken to remained focused on Rudd.
"Those that wanted Rudd to stay voiced their opinions a bit more in the middle of the campaign," he said.
"I think they were worried that his popularity vote might have been swinging".
TAXI DRIVER - SHREE ACHARYA
IT HAS only been in the past two weeks that politics has worked its way into Shree Acharya's taxi.
The Newnham resident, originally from Bhutan, said more passengers are turning to the federal election to make conversation.
"It was quiet until the past few weeks or so, then more people started asking what I think about things," Mr Acharya said.
"I have even had a few of the candidates in the car with me.
"One candidate from a smaller party told me that you don't need to vote for a major party to see change, and that Labor, Liberals and the Greens aren't representing the best interests of the people.
Mr Acharya said many of his passengers were baffled by the large number of parties to choose from - especially on the Senate ticket.
He said many people had told him they were hoping for a Liberal victory.
"A lot have been saying how disappointed they are in Labor, what they have done to the budget surplus," he said.
"Personally, I would like to see a change in leadership.
"I think it is important for a country to give different parties a chance to run things."
Mr Acharya said the conversations with late-night customers were not as coherent as those during the day.
"When you pick someone up at 3am when they have been drinking, they don't usually want to talk about politics," he said.