REMEMBER to Vote this Saturday in Australia!
I voted at the Australian Consulate-General in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Monday.
I haven't been home for 5 months so I haven't had to put up with the endless emotionally-charged rubbish from both of the major parties spokespeople. I've been following it all on Twitter though.
Did you know?
Women were first able to vote (in South Australia) in 1895.
Compulsory voting for Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders was passed in 1984.
I KNOW it seems annoying and ridiculous to have to vote for people that the majority of Australians don't believe in. But, we are VERY fortunate to be able to vote and to actually have democratic elections in Australia.
PLEASE EDUCATE yourself to the policies from the different parties and UNDERSTAND what you actually need to do on Saturday.
I hope the following links and information helps.
WHERE TO VOTE: http://ht.ly/op5mo
How to Vote Overseas: http://ht.ly/op5mo
Poling Places overseas: http://ht.ly/op5mo
- got to the Embassy/Consulate, vote and leave
POLICY is what should be talked about, but emotions are the best way to make people follow (blindly) - so, what affects you the most? Asylum seekers, Parental leave, Education, Hospitals, Broadband, Manufacturing, Education, Environment? Check out the policies for all of these and more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/policy/
Really easy to comprehend infograph: A Sweary Angry yet Accurate comparison of Policy - excuse the obscenities - http://dontbeafuckingidiot.com/
Worried about your Online/Digital Rights? Only the Greens have a good "election scorecard" when it comes to digital rights: https://www.efa.org.au/election2013
Where do the parties stand on animal welfare? http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/where-do-parties-stand-animal-welfare.php
How the parties rates against the Work, Care & Family Policy election benchmarks: (PDF) http://www.workandfamilypolicyroundtable.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/WFPR-Election-2013-Evaluation.pdf
- this includes info on Paid Parental Leave (PPL), Childcare, Pay Equity, Superannuation; and Secure, Flexible Jobs & Family-Friendly Working Time
HOW TO VOTE:
Explanation of the Voting System: http://www.eca.gov.au/systems/single/by_category/preferential.htm
There are over 50 minor parties running in this election. In Australia, you CANNOT THROW AWAY YOUR VOTE. Well, you can vote informally but simply putting a non-major party as your first preference won’t mean your vote is wasted. If your first preference candidate isn’t elected your vote goes to another candidate instead.
In the House of Representatives (the smaller, green ballot paper) - just number the candidates from one to whatever, and if your number 1 choice doesn’t make it, your vote goes on to your number 2 choice and so on down. This decides who the PRIME MINISTER is.
In the Senate (the larger, white ballot paper), though, there’s TWO options: you can vote ‘above the line’ — just plonk a 1 in a box somewhere above the thick black line. The problem is that you’ve just left your voting preferences up to the party whose box you just put a 1 in.
OR Vote BELOW the line! Yes, it’s a lot more boxes to fill in (I had 82!) but you can KEEP THE POLITICIANS HONEST. A mixture of other parties in the Senate equals better laws and better government. If the candidate you vote for isn't elected, you vote passes onto your next preference. This election, vote twice.
Where do your preferences go? http://www.belowtheline.org.au/
Play the Preferences Game: http://preferences.theglobalmail.org/
Practice Voting for the House of Representatives & Senate: http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/How_to_vote/practice/
"The Senate is one of the most powerful parliamentary upper chambers in the world, yet our current voting system allows fractionalised parties with no chance of significant electoral support to enter a lottery for the last seat in each state" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-29/green-senate-ballot-system-threatens-more-than-our-eyesight/4921966
Some other Links to read:
REALLY good info from Anthony Green: http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/
"This election, we elect whether our grandchildren will have a future at all. If the Liberals form government, they will quadruple Australia’s coal exports and slash the renewable fund. We will collectively tip over the point of intervention after which there will be nothing we or our children can do to stabilize temperatures. This election will decide if our children are helpless to act for their ‒ not our ‒ future." http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/the-future-election-and-the-wrong-man-for-the-times/
Advice from Charlie Pickering "According to the Australian Electoral Commission website, candidates will get $2.48 in government funding for every vote they receive. However, what doesn't often get talked about a lot is that they only get that money if they are your first preference. So my very simple suggestion for how you can register your protest in a way that the major parties may understand is to put the big parties second. Simply write a 1 in the box for someone else.
It can be anyone... Once your preferences are sorted, your vote will still end up with one of the majors, but your $2.48 does not. It either goes to your first preference or, if you cannily choose a suitable long shot that wins less than 4 per cent of the vote, it doesn't go anywhere at all." http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/248-per-vote-lets-make-it-count-20130831-2sxp6.html
Some of the key players on the right-wing fringe of Australian politics & their electoral chances http://theconversation.com/the-mice-that-may-yet-roar-who-are-the-minor-right-wing-parties-17305
Why the Senate is now vital to securing marriage equality - http://www.samesame.com.au/features/10169/Why-the-Senate-is-now-vital-to-securing-marriage-equality.htm
Also, check out AIME's The Other Election: http://www.theotherelection.com.au/
• vote Green and independent in the Senate: whoever holds government should not control the Senate
• vote Green in the House of Representatives, then preference whichever major party does not currently hold the seat you are in. If you are in a Labor seat, vote Coalition; if you are in a Coalition seat, vote Labor: send a protest message to both major parties.
(echoing Julian Burnside's How to Vote: http://www.julianburnside.com.au/vote.htm
Good luck to us all!