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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Some people might've missed this, so good! From logies the other day

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=a6OBxph4iak
    Haha! I tried to watch this earlier but it wouldn't open! I think both candidates are lacking, I used to be all about gilliard but she's lost me lately, but definitely the lesser of the two evils! I was actually talking to a friend about this yesterday, she's very liberal (Australian liberal) and will be voting for Abbott and I was telling her that I find it funny how so many Aussies that would have made fun of America because of Bush will then vote for Abbott, they're the same!!! If Abbott becomes prime minister no Australian is ever allowed to make fun of America for Bush again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    First, think about your ideals and how this relates to running the country, and which party is closest to that.
    Yeah, but that is just it. I have no idea what the majority of the parties stand for because the only candidates you ever hear about are the main two and the greens. I discover the names of most of them on voting day when looking at my ballot paper. If people dont know where to get the information on various candidates and parties how are they supposed to make a truly informed decision? I can't match a party to my ideals when I have no idea what they stand for.

    There are very few people that are so passionate about politics that they will spend hours searching for information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tildy View Post
    Yeah, but that is just it. I have no idea what the majority of the parties stand for because the only candidates you ever hear about are the main two and the greens. I discover the names of most of them on voting day when looking at my ballot paper. If people dont know where to get the information on various candidates and parties how are they supposed to make a truly informed decision? I can't match a party to my ideals when I have no idea what they stand for.

    There are very few people that are so passionate about politics that they will spend hours searching for information.
    And this is why our country will be going down the chute come September

    It's not hard to find out in this day and age of social media.

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    I just looked up compulsory voting on Wikipedia. It's funny that Australia is the only western country that has 'enforced compulsory voting'. There are a couple European countries with 'non-enforced compulsory voting' but the only other countries with enforced are in Latin America and Africa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    And this is why our country will be going down the chute come September

    It's not hard to find out in this day and age of social media.
    I agree. Www.google.com
    Not hard.

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    The number of people who are apathetic about voting blows me away. Government policies have a very real impact on our lives and the lives of our children. Issues like education, superannuation, taxes, child care, welfare, environmental policy, etc, etc have a concrete effect on our day to day lives and our future. How you could be apathetic about that, I really can't comprehend.

    Besides, I absolutely love voting! Such a buzz to feel like you're having some input into the way our country is run. Of the 3 federal elections I've been eligible to vote in, I've been overseas for two and in the middle of nowhere for one. I had to make big trips to get to an Australian embassy to vote for the first two and vote early for the 3rd, but there is no way I would willingly miss out. Even state and local government elections are not so frequent that it is a big ask to do a quick bit of research to inform your vote

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirst33 View Post
    I just looked up compulsory voting on Wikipedia. It's funny that Australia is the only western country that has 'enforced compulsory voting'. There are a couple European countries with 'non-enforced compulsory voting' but the only other countries with enforced are in Latin America and Africa.
    Yeah loads of Aussies I know assume that it's compulsory voting in the UK and the rest of Europe too...

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    I guess I also just think of a democracy as freedom of choice and one of those freedoms should be the choice to vote or not. Your vote also ties in with freedom of speech or the freedom not to speak, forcing someone to vote is taking away that freedom. It's funny that aside from Australia, the other countries with enforced compulsory voting would be known to be pretty corrupt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirst33 View Post
    I guess I also just think of a democracy as freedom of choice and one of those freedoms should be the choice to vote or not. Your vote also ties in with freedom of speech or the freedom not to speak, forcing someone to vote is taking away that freedom. It's funny that aside from Australia, the other countries with enforced compulsory voting would be known to be pretty corrupt!
    I guess I look at it more as a responsibility to maintain those other freedoms- you have freedom of speech and freedom of religion and freedom of choice in most things, and in return, you have one responsibility to your country- your vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    I guess I look at it more as a responsibility to maintain those other freedoms- you have freedom of speech and freedom of religion and freedom of choice in most things, and in return, you have one responsibility to your country- your vote.
    Very true. But we've already seen, even in this thread, that even if voting is compulsory people aren't taking that responsibility seriously.


 

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