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Getting your preferences sorted

By johnboy 31 August 2013 31

It’s important to vote below the line in the Senate.

It’s the difference between being a citizen and a feudal vassal.

But it’s not that easy with all the filthy front parties being put up just to mess with you by various players.

Fortunately there’s a tool for putting your preferences in order deciding who to put dead last rather than right at the bottom, and it then generates a handy pdf file for taking into the ballot box.

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thebrownstreak69 1:11 pm 02 Sep 13

Stevian said :

milkman said :

I’m tempted to go for a drive in the early and take down some of the political signage, just so I don’t need to buy stakes for my tomato plants…

Theft and vandalism. Your mother must be so proud

:). Oh hang on, was this meant to be a serious post…?

Stevian 12:52 pm 02 Sep 13

harvyk1 said :

You know what, I’m going to vote above the line. Do you know why? Because I care enough to vote and certainly care enough about who runs this country, but I’m not delusional enough to actually believe my single vote is actually going to change anything and as such I want the task to be over and done with as quickly as possible.

Furthermore since we’re considered a safe seat it probably doesn’t matter who I vote for, people who have the job already are likely to stay, and the person who gets to be PM will ultimately be decided by the various marginal seats around the country, who coincidentally will get the lions share of federal funding.

and lazy as well. You’re an inspiration to us all

Stevian 12:50 pm 02 Sep 13

milkman said :

I’m tempted to go for a drive in the early and take down some of the political signage, just so I don’t need to buy stakes for my tomato plants…

Theft and vandalism. Your mother must be so proud

harvyk1 10:57 am 02 Sep 13

It should also be noted that your hours of carefully deciding who to vote for, reading policies and then carefully numbering 1 – (insert number of candidates here) making sure to do it right lest your vote will no longer count will be completely undone by a single donkey voter who wants to be in and out of there in 10 seconds flat but only because they don’t want to pay the fine for not showing up.

harvyk1 10:53 am 02 Sep 13

You know what, I’m going to vote above the line. Do you know why? Because I care enough to vote and certainly care enough about who runs this country, but I’m not delusional enough to actually believe my single vote is actually going to change anything and as such I want the task to be over and done with as quickly as possible.

Furthermore since we’re considered a safe seat it probably doesn’t matter who I vote for, people who have the job already are likely to stay, and the person who gets to be PM will ultimately be decided by the various marginal seats around the country, who coincidentally will get the lions share of federal funding.

MrBigEars 8:35 am 02 Sep 13

milkman said :

I’m tempted to go for a drive in the early and take down some of the political signage, just so I don’t need to buy stakes for my tomato plants…

All of a sudden, I’m interested in this election. Now I need to think what I can convert the signs into (light-weight shade house perhaps?).

milkman 11:02 pm 01 Sep 13

I’m tempted to go for a drive in the early and take down some of the political signage, just so I don’t need to buy stakes for my tomato plants…

Ltdttm 10:34 pm 01 Sep 13

ScienceRules said :

Deborah said :

Oh honey, I’m sorry that you’ve taken offence at me calling you chickie – lucky I didn’t call you a c##t.

Anti-woman values? Did you hear that thump? It was me falling off my chair with laughter.

Wow. And you’re an actual candidate for the Senate are you? These comments suggest that you are unstuitable to run for student president at a Primary School, let alone anywhere grown ups gather.

Not sure what the big deal is about calling someone a coot is, I and remember when Peter Costello referred to Wayne Swan as a drop kick, and had to withdraw it because he didn’t know his rhyming slang.

C##t could stand for more than you dirty mind thinks it does

housebound 6:49 pm 01 Sep 13

Innovation said :

There is no way that ACT voting behaviour would change sufficiently such that Labor will lose the current seat or win an extra seat. If the Liberal Senate seat was lost it would most likely go to a Green. Yes, that Green might then have some sway in the Senate but not in deciding who governs. No matter how much some people here hate the Greens, having a marginal Senate seat in the ACT has got to generate some benefit, now or in future elections, and possibly even protect ACT residents slightly from what’s likely to be coming.

A few people having been wondering about this. What would happen if the Greens displaced the Liberals in the ACT Senate AND the Libs win the election?
1. It might give the Greens the balance of power in the Senate (noting that this line of argument has been used in more than one seat by the Greens).
2. The Libs get a wake-up call (and probably never get back in since the Libs won’t be as popular next election)).
3. It means the ACT has no representation in Federal Government.
4. It could be interpreted by the ALP they don’t need to spend money in the ACT since we’ll always vote ALP or Greens (who support ALP in Government anyway).
5. It could be interpreted by the Libs to mean there is no point in spending anything in the ACT ever again, unless it is part of a national program (like BER, Gonski, GST distributions etc).
6. The ALP decide that if the seat can go to the Greens, then it could go ALP, and start paying attention to us.
7. The Libs think it might be worth one last try, and try to spend their way back into our hearts (but see #2).

There’s probably more options, but these are the favourite.

Masquara 5:41 pm 01 Sep 13

Innovation said :

No matter how much some people here hate the Greens ….

It would be interesting to know to what extent candidates right outside one’s own electorate influence voter behaviour in that electorate. Take Sarah Hanson Young – a very divisive character – would she influence an ACT vote for the Greens, being so high profile, even though she has nothing to do with us? The Greens leader is of course a different matter.

Innovation 4:15 pm 01 Sep 13

Thanks JB for posting this link and the Cartoon link the other day.

I’ve always found it hard to understand why anyone would vote above the line, even when there are a large number of candidates. In the ACT, I find it even harder to understand why anyone, even dyed in the wool Labor or Liberal voters, would put their respective parties at the top of their Senate preferences.

There is no way that ACT voting behaviour would change sufficiently such that Labor will lose the current seat or win an extra seat. If the Liberal Senate seat was lost it would most likely go to a Green. Yes, that Green might then have some sway in the Senate but not in deciding who governs. No matter how much some people here hate the Greens, having a marginal Senate seat in the ACT has got to generate some benefit, now or in future elections, and possibly even protect ACT residents slightly from what’s likely to be coming.

There’s even some discussion on the Liberals getting control in the Senate I’m sure that all but the most hardened Liberal supporters in the ACT would not want the Liberals to have control of the Senate again; especially under Abbott.

And informal voters and non voters need to have their head read. If these people thought about it instead of being lazy or thinking they were making a “clever” protest, these guys could actually change the outcome for the ACT Senate and make a real protest.

PS – excellent cartoon the other day. Stupidly, until I read that, I hadn’t thought of the added funding benefits.

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