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    Default Do you think voting should not be compulsory?

    Quote Originally Posted by FiveInTheBed View Post
    Apologies if it came across 'rude'...it may have been typed with a bit of assertive passion backing it up, but I did not mean to imply your opinon on the matter was 'dog poo'.

    I personally consider our right to be afforded a vote very important!
    So you are either suggesting with all seriousness that Australia change the way it lets its people speak in relation to the politics that run the country OR you are complaining [having a bit of a a good ol' Aussie whinge] about how it puts you out for 15 minutes on a Saturday morning (if you missed getting the postal vote in on time)
    All good, its late, what else can we expect

    This!! - "So you are either suggesting with all seriousness that Australia change the way it lets its people speak in relation to the politics that run the country"

    Its not a whinge at all. Like i said when i turned 18 there was huge election right after and i was so excited and pumped to do it.

    Its not the time out of my day, as now its all sent to my door anyway. If that were the issue then i wouldnt be 'whinging' anymore.

    Its just how i feel about our freedom/rights. It just never feels like true freedom/right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbygirl View Post
    Could be wrong but i dont think it would make much difference like its not going to go from say 80% voting to 20%.
    I dont know about everyone else, but I am one who wouldn't bother if I didn't have to ... but since I do have to go, I cast my vote for whom I want.

    PS: To the person mentioning postal votes, I looked into that recently and discovered that you need valid criteria to request one. You could tick an easy option (such as religeon) but I wasn't prepared to lie for special treatment.

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    Default Do you think voting should not be compulsory?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbygirl View Post

    To me if it wasnt complusory i dont think there would be to much difference in the number of people who would actually go and vote.

    Could be wrong but i dont think it would make much difference like its not going to go from say 80% voting to 20%.
    This chart shows voter turnout in the USA from 1960-2010. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html
    Voting isn't compulsory there. Last election showed under 40% of adults voted. I think you might find we'd end up in a Similar boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    Funnily enough there have been politicians in support of non compulsory voting Mark Latham springs to mind but there have been others). Best way to get that actioned? Vote for them
    Haha he had alot of bad things going on to didnt he??
    I cant even think what it was now.

    See if they support non compulsory voting but didnt support gay marriage or didnt have good intentions for families and workers then they wouldnt get my vote.

    Though i feel compulsory voting is crapola, there are bigger issues at hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    This chart shows voter turnout in the USA from 1960-2010. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html
    Voting isn't compulsory there. Last election showed under 40% of adults voted. I think you might find we'd end up in a Similar boat.
    Oh ok thanks for the info.

    And though i wish more would want to vote. At the end of the day they can say well voting was an option and i freely chose not to go and vote.

    If it wasnt compulsory here - IF i chose not to go vote i wouldnt complain afterwards that the priminster is a douche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbygirl View Post
    What got me to vote for her was the 1st women thing.
    So you voted for Labour based on their leader's genitalia?

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    Yes but I wonder what the percentage would be of people in Australia
    Voting that really had no idea who or why they were voting for or just left it blank ? I'd prefer 40% of the population voting because they wanted to than however many Australians vote without caring because they have to

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    So you voted for Labour based on their leader's genitalia?
    You'd be surprised how many did! Or my SIL voted greens last time as she hated Julia - yet failed to see most of their preferences went to her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    You'd be surprised how many did! Or my SIL voted greens last time as she hated Julia - yet failed to see most of their preferences went to her!
    I'm not really surprised by how many men won't vote for Labour based on their leader's genitalia, but it doesn't make it any less amusing.

    I would think she were stupid for not voting for a party based on whether she likes their leader or not, surely policies over ride that. She did the right thing, especially if she agrees with left wing ideals, her vote gave Green power in the compromise.

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    Default Do you think voting should not be compulsory?

    But that's the thing, there are more people than you think that have no clue or just don't care, I shudder to think who she voted for yesterday, I'm sure I'll find out tomorrow ! I know a few people who refused to vote for Gillard last time as she "backstabbed" Kevin ( DH grandma!)
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