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.


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

  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...

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

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

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