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Saturday, March 24, 2012

March 24. Day 84. Polling day

While I fully support the system of compulsory voting we have in Australia, in a way it makes no sense to me.
I can not for the life of me work out why you would have to be compelled to vote. One of the great strengths of a democracy is that you can vote without fear of favour. Yes, no matter who you vote for a politician always gets elected. Yes, in some ways they are all a bit the same. But in my opinion if you choose not to vote, you lose your right to complain when the government makes decisions you don't agree with.
Today I was voting in the South Brisbane electorate for the first time so I went on a walking tour to the six polling booths closest to my house just to see where the best sausage sizzles, cake stalls and coffee vans were.
Don't worry. I only actually voted once at Brisbane State High School. Here's what I saw.
For the record, my favourite booth was St Francis Church on Dornoch Terrace where there was a great little market happening and I picked up a $25 book of short stories for 50 cents. The prize for the best catering went to West End State School which had Haloumi, tomato and rocket rolls on the menu.

6 comments:

  1. Rob & I were having the same debate about compulsory voting in the car this afternoon...and we're both on the fence.

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  2. Well I voted yesterday en route to Bris. NO queues, no annoying How to Vote hawkers, but also no book stalls, no haloumi. Will be interesting night...
    :-)
    BB

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  3. Compulsory voting? What an odd notion - would they really do that?

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    1. Yes, it's a very Australian thing. We get fined if we don't vote

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    2. Yes, it's a very Australian thing. We get fined if we don't vote

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