SSecret Squirrel (30-06-2016)
Yep, safe Nationals seat here....
Still, I can't help but wonder why not at least try and gain support for the other parties?
'The people' here seem very unhappy, especially in light of recent dairy prices.
It's not unheard of for seats to be overthrown, and that will only happen when people are informed about what other parties can offer, or how they will support the community.
For all those saying your vote doesn't count because you live in a safe seat - it absolutely does! Positive change only happens if people use their vote properly. For those who live in a safe seat this election, the outcome in your seat may be the same as previously, but perhaps the margin the incumbent wins by will decrease. If that happens - political parties pay attention to where the votes have gone instead, so they know who and how to target policies to win you and your vote back. In addition, political parties receive money per vote once their primary vote gets over a certain level. So by voting for greens over labor (for example), the greens then get more money which they can then direct towards making their party bigger and better and hopefully build more capacity to take on the two majors more effectively so they can effect more change in the future. Labor and liberals don't need more money to do this but the smaller parties and independents definitely do!
The following links are very good explanations of why everyone's vote counts:
I think we need look no further than the recent brexit vote to see that everyone's vote is always important and it pays to not be complacent with it, even if you think you know what the outcome will be!
For personal reasons I'm not sure I can vote for the ALP. Doing so means everything BS has done to someone I care about is justified and I just can't accept that.
Turnbull may have turned me around had he actually brought any of the things he personally believes in, to the Liberal party.
I'd vote greens but it makes me sad that the Greens don't seem to grab any new voters from the Libs, only disgruntled Labor voters.
I take voting seriously. I hope for the right outcome but I'm not convinced we'll get change.
I'll vote somewhere to the left, leaving the Lib, Nat and Family First candidate as close to the bottom as possible. And if I can get a sausage at a voting booth even better!
I'll be voting green. I feel immensely let down by Malcolm. I really thought when he came in things would change but nothing.
I'm angry about so many issues there are too many to list but same sex marriage just does my head in. I don't want a f-----g referendum as Brexit shows they get dumb results. I just want a political party who has the guts to do something.
The local community are currently fighting against having a proposed sky rail running along our train line. Labour candidates are for, liberal against. I think we are a swing seat so every vote counts.
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