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    I was just about to post a very similar thing. When I was o/s I had to catch a bus for a 3 and a half hour trip to the embassy to vote. I wouldn't miss it for the world. I get a thrill when I vote!

    Quote Originally Posted by wrena View Post
    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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    I love voting too and feeling like I am a part of it all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LifeInShadesOfGrey View Post
    I love voting too and feeling like I am a part of it all.


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    Me too, I get all excited and on the edge of my seat!

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    Can't say I'm looking forward to this year's election

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Can't say I'm looking forward to this year's election <img src="images/smilies/crying.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Crying" smilieid="15" class="inlineimg"
    Me neither

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    We didn't and I finished school in '07.
    Damn you just make me feel old, you young un'. I finished in 94

    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.
    But the information is literally delivered to you. Our letter box gets overloaded with material everytime there is an election from any candidates in our area. If they represent a major party there will be web sites, debates, local papers often give informations on the candidate platforms, if they are independents they will have information on how to contact them on social media and their own websites. On top of all of this, many will have stalls in the electorate where you can actually go and grill (i mean chat) to them.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialPatrolGroup View Post
    Damn you just make me feel old, you young un'. I finished in 94


    But the information is literally delivered to you. Our letter box gets overloaded with material everytime there is an election from any candidates in our area. If they represent a major party there will be web sites, debates, local papers often give informations on the candidate platforms, if they are independents they will have information on how to contact them on social media and their own websites. On top of all of this, many will have stalls in the electorate where you can actually go and grill (i mean chat) to them.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Tildy View Post
    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.
    Can I ask, not just you, but others also - What would it take to engage you in the electoral process? I don't just mean attending a polling booth, but actually *giving a sh!t*.


 

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