I love voting too and feeling like I am a part of it all.
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Can't say I'm looking forward to this year's election
I never learnt anything about politics in school and I was still in school when I became legal to vote! Why on earth would I want to vote on something I have not one single little clue about.
Maybe there is a problem within Australia and the school system not teaching adolescents about how our country is run hence lack of interest from some parts.
I believe in Australia if voting weren't compulsory we would have some pretty different, perhaps extreme, results come election time. I know the Aussie mentality, the so-called laid back attitude - she'll be right, mate. I can see it here in this thread. I believe a heck of a lot of us would be saying that come election day.
So who do we have voting in this case?
Those with extreme views on politics.
Is that representative of Australia? Because it doesn't seem that way to me.
Like Atropos, I believe voting is our duty to vote to ensure that extremists aren't the only ones voting and the everyday 'laid back' Aussie casts their vote.
Our letterbox gets very little except for pamphlets that say VOTE 1 Me! with no other info and we dont get the paper ever unless we buy it. The two major parties do have debates and all that but I'm talking about the independents. Unless you know thier names or the names of the parties how do you know to even look for them? My point is that these things are not exactly common knowledge and the average person that is not passionate and excited about voting will not bother to look if they dont know where to start. A pp mentioned a booklet with a quick run down. I think that sort of thing would be an awesome idea because then at least everybody has a base point to work from. Then each party could add thier website at the bottom of thier blurb and the general public might actually start to become informed about thier choice.
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