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
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.