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Dear Gormless Youth of Canberra. Get registered to vote you fools

By johnboy 18 September 2012 52

ElectionsACT are pointing out that huge swathes of young Canberrans are not registered to vote:

Only 60% of eligible 18-year-olds and just under 50% of eligible 19-year-olds were enrolled by Friday 14 September. Around 80% of 20-24 year-olds were on the roll.

“Time is running out to enrol. If you have recently turned 18 or 19, or you are 17 and will turn 18 on or before polling day, you should enrol now,” Mr Green said.

Now listen up Yoof. If you’re so massively under enrolled political parties will tailor their policies to benefit the old buggers who are signed up.

So get down to the post office and get registered or you’re going to get screwed.

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ppt1ne 8:38 am 20 Sep 12

Sign up, have my name and address details available for all to see, just so I can contribute to a decision between 2 douchey ACTORS and their policy-mercernary mates.

Or not.

LSWCHP 9:12 pm 19 Sep 12

steele_blade said :

LSWCHP said :

neanderthalsis said :

arescarti42 said :

So get down to the post office and get registered or you’re going to get screwed.

The wrinklies are going to screw us either way, they have sheer numbers on the side.

The fact that so few young people are enrolled is evidence of the stupidity of compulsory voting IMO. If you’re so disinterested in the system that you can’t even be bothered enrolling to vote, even when it is compulsory, then you really shouldn’t be engaging with it.

I agree that it is hard to reconcile compulsory voting with a true democracy. However, if voting were optional, the fringe dwelling loonies on either side would be those who are most likely to vote. Political parties would drift further to the fringes to accommodate the loons and we end up with people like Pauline Hanson or an Australian version of Mitt Romney running the show.

I agree with this 100%. Everybody should have a say.

Still, and I know this will sound elitist but what the hell, I honestly think that some votes are worth more than others. I have seen interviews with people who clearly have no understanding of the political system at all. The common perception that people “elect” the PM in some manner is evidence of this.

I would like to see some sort of system that weights votes based on education, or having passed a knowledge test on how our electoral system works, or some other reasonable set of criteria.

Quick, get over to the USA – Mitt Romney needs your vote. The 1% would love to adopt your ideas. Are you not aware of how disenfranchised people are the world over simply because they are too poor to afford an education? But you think they don’t deserve a vote. Read Bob Gosford’s latest article here http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/ for evidence of Australians cheated out of their vote.

Read. Then think. Then respond. I didn’t suggest anyone should be disenfranchised. I posited the idea of using education or some other reasonable criteria to weight the value of a vote. This means that everybody gets a vote, but some people’s votes would be worth more than others. I don’t think that sounds totally crazy, unlike Mitt Romney who does sound totally crazy.

And for an example of how not to do vote weighting, consider our current system that applies drastic weighting to your vote according to where you live. Tasmania has a population of around 500,000 people represented by 12 senators. The ACT with a population of around 360,000 has 2 senators. This means that a Tasmanian’s senate vote is worth around 4 times that of an ACT resident. All fair and equitable, hey?

LSWCHP 8:51 pm 19 Sep 12

Deref said :

poetix said :

What is gorm, anyway?

Whatever it is, there should be less of it.

Now that is really excellent work. I dips me lid. 🙂

LSWCHP 8:51 pm 19 Sep 12

Masquara said :

Truthiness said :

Wasn’t he saying that possession of child porn isn’t the same thing as actual sex with children? .

Breathtaking in your avoidance of responsibility. If you’re typical of the internet “freedom fighters” then bring on censorship, say I. Possession of child porn means some child has been abused and exploited. The children in those images. If you possess those images, you are complicit.
It is highly unlikely that unsolicited child pornography will “find its way into your inbox”. I expect it is expensive (being risky) to purchase. I expect police forensic scientists could discover on your behalf whether you had actually clicked on that child porn. I expect that would be a defence if you ended up in court.

Masquara is correct. Looking at this stuff makes you complicit.

And unfortunately, child porn is readily available for free on the internet in large quantities. There’s a special level of hell reserved for the scum who engage in those acts, take the pictures and make it available, no matter what the price.

farnarkler 6:08 pm 19 Sep 12

milkman said :

Youth shouldn’t vote. They vote for retards.

Shhhhhh, the public aren’t meant to know they’re all retards!!!

Nifty 5:08 pm 19 Sep 12

LSWCHP said :

neanderthalsis said :

arescarti42 said :

So get down to the post office and get registered or you’re going to get screwed.

I would like to see some sort of system that weights votes based on education, or having passed a knowledge test on how our electoral system works, or some other reasonable set of criteria.

Would you be satisfied by a reversion to the system for electing the English Parliament prior to the Reform Act of 1832? This would disenfranchise Roman Catholics, as was formerly the case in the UK. That should help rid us of both the Labor detritus AND Zed Seselja.

Also, it seems most appropriate, indeed euphonic, for Mr Rattenbury to preside over the Parliament as the representative of a rotten borough!

steele_blade 4:21 pm 19 Sep 12

LSWCHP said :

neanderthalsis said :

arescarti42 said :

So get down to the post office and get registered or you’re going to get screwed.

The wrinklies are going to screw us either way, they have sheer numbers on the side.

The fact that so few young people are enrolled is evidence of the stupidity of compulsory voting IMO. If you’re so disinterested in the system that you can’t even be bothered enrolling to vote, even when it is compulsory, then you really shouldn’t be engaging with it.

I agree that it is hard to reconcile compulsory voting with a true democracy. However, if voting were optional, the fringe dwelling loonies on either side would be those who are most likely to vote. Political parties would drift further to the fringes to accommodate the loons and we end up with people like Pauline Hanson or an Australian version of Mitt Romney running the show.

I agree with this 100%. Everybody should have a say.

Still, and I know this will sound elitist but what the hell, I honestly think that some votes are worth more than others. I have seen interviews with people who clearly have no understanding of the political system at all. The common perception that people “elect” the PM in some manner is evidence of this.

I would like to see some sort of system that weights votes based on education, or having passed a knowledge test on how our electoral system works, or some other reasonable set of criteria.

Quick, get over to the USA – Mitt Romney needs your vote. The 1% would love to adopt your ideas. Are you not aware of how disenfranchised people are the world over simply because they are too poor to afford an education? But you think they don’t deserve a vote. Read Bob Gosford’s latest article here http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/ for evidence of Australians cheated out of their vote.

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