Why are they all different. Bluddy confusing! Haha.
I always vote below the line, so I have to admit to not paying much attention to other options.
I've worked on a few elections and so many people don't know how to vote. They tick a box or put a cross in it. So many wasted votes!
I think what people are getting confused with are the 'how to vote' pieces of papers that party workers hand out to you when you go to a polling place. I believe at the last election greens candidates were suggesting to place a 1 next to them and then a 2 next to he labor candidate for that electorate. Hence 'giving' their preferences to the labor candidate/party in the case where the greens candidate wouldn't be one of the top 2 candidates in that electorate. No one makes you vote as they've suggested so if you want to vote 1 greens, 2 liberal etc bcoz that's what works for you, just do it!!
I think as a PP mentioned the greens are not 'automatically' suggesting you should preference labor above liberal at the coming election. Each greens candidate will base their how to vote card prefs on what's best for their electorate.
With MP's starting to resign (Chris Bowen the very latest) what is everyone's thoughts on what will happen next?
Its certainly interesting for the Labor Party.
Its clear if Julia Gillard takes them to the election they will get trounced. Rudd might be substantially more popular with the people, but is it enough to get them elected? probably not. And if it is ... labor are stuck with a PM they hate and cannot work with.
Rudd was dumped not solely due to his poor ratings, but because of the way he run the government. A dictatorship doesnt really sit well with Labor's core values and he pi**ed off many of his colleagues to the point where they cannot work with him in government. (see Nicola Roxon for example)
No one else with any long term leadership ambitions will even think about it when becoming leader now means annihilation in September and they will take the blame.
I am a liberal supporter, and dont have tooo many issues with the shenanigans in the ALP except that I think its bad for Australia.
a) its embarrassing internationally to see our PM treated this way
b) its bad for the remaining term of the government - I dread to see this budget and the vote buying it will entail ... rather than actually putting money where it needs to go for the long term good of the country
c) I hate Tony Abbott and desperately want the Libs to replace him with Turnball, but that aint gonna happen now with JG's ratings tanking - means TA's go up and that brings stability in his leadership. Means they wont dump him after the election either as he brought them power in a landslide victory.
Sadly, Julia's crappy polls mean that we will be stuck with Abbott - and THAT I am not happy about.
What's that saying? The Conservatives eat other people's babies and the ALP eat their own.
What a mess.
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