Skip to content Skip to main navigation

Community

Experts in Wills, Trusts
& Estate Planning

Enrol to vote you idiots. Or be panther food.

By johnboy 5 August 2013 49

aec logo

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?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
49 Responses to
Enrol to vote you idiots. Or be panther food.
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
fabforty 5:05 pm 07 Aug 13

Solidarity said :

Hows no sound?

Sounds like someone who lacks the maturity to make important decisions like who should run the country.

wildturkeycanoe 5:04 pm 07 Aug 13

Call me stupid all you like, [Yes I know I don’t vote directly for the P.M.] but the reality to most people going to the polls like myself, is that the media make it out to be pretty much a Labor vs Liberal election, with the two party leaders about the only ones who get decent prime time coverage. I honestly wouldn’t know who my electorate’s leader is, nor any of the candidates. Abbot vs Rudd is what it all points to and regardless who I vote in my own electorate, it’ll be the winner of those two mentioned that become P.M.
There are the federal government policies which affect major things in our country. If our local favorite has a policy that you just can’t accept, then you vote for the other guy to get your local outcome but jeopardize the chances of your PM getting into power. How is it fair to any voter to be given a choice where you lose no matter which way you vote?

Say I have a local Green MP who wants to save our local park from turning into a 10 storey high rise. The local Labor and Liberals want to build bigger a one. On the national front the Liberals want to dig up the outback for oil exploration and boost our economy, but Labor and the Greens are against it. Which do I make a priority, my local issues or what’s in the nation’s best interest?
See! It is a farce. Nobody wins, especially when the nation is pretty much split 50/50 between the two big parties whose policies are pretty much the same, or their lack of policies makes it impossible to make an informed choice.

devils_advocate 3:50 pm 07 Aug 13

Grimm said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

Elections are a farce. I voted for K.Rudd last time, ended up with J.G as prime minister

See people, THIS is why compulsory voting is bad.

While I fully agree that the sheer quantities of stupid in that post are beyond our current means of quantifying stupid – stupid^n if you will – it’s probably worth noting that the recent changes to at least the labour system of electing the party leader/ejecting a sitting PM have probably eliminated the problem.

I realise that the libs have done no such thing but in contrast to labour’s support base, most of the libs’ voters would probably have at least a working knowledge of how this stuff works, thereby obviating the corresponding bogan whinge-fest resulting from a sitting labour PM being ousted.

Grimm 2:36 pm 07 Aug 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Elections are a farce. I voted for K.Rudd last time, ended up with J.G as prime minister

See people, THIS is why compulsory voting is bad.

DrKoresh 12:22 pm 07 Aug 13

Solidarity said :

You still haven’t given me a good reason to enroll.

Obviously, if I wanted to vote, I would enroll.

Chyeah, it’d just make you into another stupid conformist.

Skidbladnir 10:59 am 07 Aug 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Elections are a farce. I voted for K.Rudd last time, ended up with J.G as prime minister and Labor didn’t run the country, the Greens and Independents did.

Oh gods, the stupid hurts so much…

You didn’t vote for Kevin Rudd, unless you were in the electorate of Griffith. You didn’t vote for Julia Gillard unless you were in the electorate of Lalor.
You voted in relation to a member in your local electorate, who as a result, lent their support to the Party’s chosen leader.

We have a representative democracy, rather than a direct democracy.
(Largely because the idea of “answering to everybody simultaneously” is almost practically synonymous with “answering to nobody specicifcally”, so currently leaders answer to their Party)

wildturkeycanoe said :

In the end, whether we vote for one party or another we won’t win because the elected leaders can back-flip on their promises without the country having any say.

You don’t seem to have understood that a the idea of forming a coalition along preference & workability lines is actually fairly internationally.
Australia’s concept of “a vote not for one of the Two Majors is wasted” is bizarre, but heavily promoted by the Major Two because they are interested in maintaining the combatative attitude amongst electors because more votes = more money.

wildturkeycanoe said :

We need a total revamp of our “Democratic” system to one that actually achieves what it is supposed to, pleasing the voters with a person in charge who follows the wishes of the majority of the country, not someone who bends backward to please a “balance of power” that had only a few percent of the population vote for them.

Congratulations. Instead of selecting for strong leadership in the face of criticism, or the idea of a Wise Statesman, the situation you have just described is called mob rule.

Thumper 10:55 am 07 Aug 13

poetix said :

Swamp panthers eat turtles and armadillos. Although what business an armadillo has with a swamp is a mystery.

Ever seen an armadillo without armour?

They call them dillos…

Solidarity said :

LSWCHP said :

Solidarity said :

Hows no sound?

All around the world people have undergone nameless horrors in pursuit of the privilege of having a say in who gets to run the show where they live. Exercising this privilege is something that very few people in the course of human history have had a chance to achieve.

That being said, whatever you do, please don’t vote. If you vote, it seems very likely that your poorly thought out and foggily ill-considered choices will cancel out my careful and well considered contribution to the electoral process. It would make me sad to think that my contribution to democracy was neutralised by a dimwit.

You still haven’t given me a good reason to enroll.

Obviously, if I wanted to vote, I would enroll.

It’s the vibe man…

And the sausage sizzle.

Solidarity 9:52 am 07 Aug 13

LSWCHP said :

Solidarity said :

Hows no sound?

All around the world people have undergone nameless horrors in pursuit of the privilege of having a say in who gets to run the show where they live. Exercising this privilege is something that very few people in the course of human history have had a chance to achieve.

That being said, whatever you do, please don’t vote. If you vote, it seems very likely that your poorly thought out and foggily ill-considered choices will cancel out my careful and well considered contribution to the electoral process. It would make me sad to think that my contribution to democracy was neutralised by a dimwit.

You still haven’t given me a good reason to enroll.

Obviously, if I wanted to vote, I would enroll.

pink little birdie 9:37 am 07 Aug 13

[qoute] Elections are a farce. I voted for K.Rudd last time, ended up with J.G as prime minister and Labor didn’t run the country, the Greens and Independents did. Mine and millions of others’ valid votes counted for nothing.Unless our elected leaders have the power to do what we voted them in to do, I see no point in having an election. Even with a Liberal Federal government you can have all the states run by Labor, what kind of crazy, contradictory system allows this? The centuries old British system, that’s who.
In the end, whether we vote for one party or another we won’t win because the elected leaders can back-flip on their promises without the country having any say. Sure, they lose the next election in 4 years time, but it’s all too late by then, because the policies implemented are set in stone and can’t be removed. We need a total revamp of our “Democratic” system to one that actually achieves what it is supposed to, pleasing the voters with a person in charge who follows the wishes of the majority of the country, not someone who bends backward to please a “balance of power” that had only a few percent of the population vote for them.

Also Gillard was the leader of the Labor party at the previous election.
Maybe Australia needs to do e-learning module on citizenship, the different responsibilities of state and federal governments etc

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2018 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site