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Enrol to vote you idiots. Or be panther food.

By johnboy - 5 August 2013 49

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Australia’s UN Youth Representative is reminding you all to get on the electoral roll in the next week:

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced today that the federal election will be
September 7.

This gives all Australians until 8pm Monday August 12 to ensure they are correctly enrolled to vote in this year’s Federal election.

The Australian Electoral Commission reports there are an estimated 1.4 million Australians who are not enrolled to vote. A large proportion of those not enrolled are young people.

Currently, nearly 500,000 young Australians will miss out having their vote count on September 7, including 43% of all 18 and 19 year olds.

But why bother? Well the Arabs had a saying about the British which went something like this:

“It’s better to be their enemy than their friend, if you’re their enemy they will try to buy you, but if you’re their friend they will try to sell you.

If you’re enrolled to vote they will try to buy you and that beats the alternatives.

Richard Morgan also has a great line about it that’s worth thinking about:

In any agenda, political or otherwise, there is a cost to be borne. Always ask what it is, and who will be paying. If you don’t, then the agenda-makers will pick up the perfume of your silence like swamp panthers on the scent of blood, and the next thing you know, the person expected to bear the cost will be you. And you may not have what it takes to pay.

If you enrol to vote you’ve got a 1 in 20,000,000 say in what happens to this whole continent. It’s a hell of an offer. If you can’t be bothered you’re just swamp panther food.

The Electoral Commission is letting you know how to get it done.

I don’t ask you lot to do much but get on this for the love of god.

What’s Your opinion?


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49 Responses to
Enrol to vote you idiots. Or be panther food.
caf 6:09 pm 05 Aug 13

It’s better than that, it’s a 1 in ~14,500,000 say!

bikhet 5:21 pm 05 Aug 13

c_c™ said :

Ben_Dover said :

“Don’t vote, it only encourages them.”

Billy Connolly.

“…we do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say he is a man who has no business here at all”

Pericles

No matter who you vote for, a politicians is always elected.

Or the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band version – No Matter Who You Vote For the Government always gets in.

c_c™ 4:36 pm 05 Aug 13

Ben_Dover said :

“Don’t vote, it only encourages them.”

Billy Connolly.

“…we do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say he is a man who has no business here at all”

Pericles

Ben_Dover 4:13 pm 05 Aug 13

“Don’t vote, it only encourages them.”

Billy Connolly.

Skidbladnir 3:58 pm 05 Aug 13

davo101 said :

If they can’t find you on any of the dozens of other databases you already appear on.

Well, each of those has privacy constraints and are subject to usage requirements, and rarely goes whole-of-government.
Usage of the Electoral Roll by those prescribed parties is explicitly for the purpose of person/address resolution in relation to the prescribed purposes…

Solidarity said :

Cons: None as far as I can see?

A specific negative for you: 1 Penalty Unit fine (currently $170) for failure to enrol after 21 days of eligibility, and a $20 fine for each occasion you have failed to vote

Solidarity said :

Just removes the requirement for me to draw a large penis on the voting form.

You can still draw on the form even as an enrolled voter, your vote justs risks declared informal if the renders your numbers illegible. Too much detail in the dickpic risks the resulting artwork being declared obscene and\or distracting.

PS: Enrol to vote kiddies, or the AEC will set the snarks and grumkins onto you.

thebrownstreak69 3:14 pm 05 Aug 13

Solidarity said :

Pros: No need to vote, no jury duty
Cons: None as far as I can see?

Just removes the requirement for me to draw a large penis on the voting form.

You know you can cast a formal vote and still draw a big penis on the ballot paper, right? I generally draw smiley faces and/or write rude jokes on the ballot paper (but carefully, I want my vote to count).

beardedclam 3:12 pm 05 Aug 13

Solidarity said :

Pros: No need to vote, no jury duty
Cons: None as far as I can see?

Just removes the requirement for me to draw a large penis on the voting form.

removes the right you have to complain/comment about anything any government in Australia does. Thats your choice which is cool, just remain silent when you think about letting us all know your thoughts on any policies etc.

Innovation 2:42 pm 05 Aug 13

Solidarity said :

Pros: No need to vote, no jury duty
Cons: None as far as I can see?

Just removes the requirement for me to draw a large penis on the voting form.

Cons: 1/ As the saying goes, “You get the Government that you deserve”;
2/ You lose all rights to bitch and moan on RA (or any other forum) about any issue that a Government caused (or could rectify);

Pros: 1/ In the ACT, while the Libs will never lose their Senate seat, ANY extra votes going towards Labor or the Greens would increase the attention that we get from all parties.
2/ You won’t be looked at with contempt when you tell people that you don’t bother voting.

DrKoresh 1:14 pm 05 Aug 13

Solidarity said :

Hows no sound?

Chyeah voting is for stupid conformists.

Solidarity 1:12 pm 05 Aug 13

Pros: No need to vote, no jury duty
Cons: None as far as I can see?

Just removes the requirement for me to draw a large penis on the voting form.

davo101 1:10 pm 05 Aug 13

Skidbladnir said :

Mixed upside\downside is are that you’re a whole lot easier to locate\isolate\remove from a line of enquiry for almost all other government investigative purposes, or if you have a blood borne disease…

If they can’t find you on any of the dozens of other databases you already appear on.

Spitfire3 1:09 pm 05 Aug 13

Solidarity said :

Hows no sound?

Sounds like you’ve relinquished the right to complain about anything at all.

Skidbladnir 12:11 pm 05 Aug 13

Solidarity said :

Hows no sound?

Like a s*** idea.
Seperate from any “Political parties will pander to your interest in order to win your vote” motivation, “Being on the electoral roll” makes getting back into Australia at the border if ever you lose your pasport (or require consular assistance) a whole lot easier.

Mixed upside\downside is are that you’re a whole lot easier to locate\isolate\remove from a line of enquiry for almost all other government investigative purposes, or if you have a blood borne disease…

spinact 11:29 am 05 Aug 13

The AEC’s TV add encouraging people to enrole is quite appropriate with Pandora’s box opening at the end.

Solidarity 11:13 am 05 Aug 13

Hows no sound?

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