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Hey Gen Y, the AEC wants your opinions

By Barcham - 31 July 2013 9

The AEC are looking for Gen Y’ers to fill out a survey about their experiences voting and their reactions to election advertising.

Here’s the survey link.

A concerning amount of my same age friends seem to think we’re not Gen Y which is confusing. So just a heads up, are you under 34 years old?

You’re Gen Y, deal with it.

Yes I know Gen X sounds cooler. Tough.

What’s Your opinion?


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Hey Gen Y, the AEC wants your opinions
Holden Caulfield 8:23 pm 31 Jul 13

Canberroid said :

So AEC, my opinion is that your survey is bullshit, which seems pretty much in line with any advertising I see related to the election.

Yes, how bad is that Pulp Fiction rip off airing on the TV?! It’s cringe worthy!

Canberroid 5:13 pm 31 Jul 13

I just went through the survey. There’s nothing in there about our opinions – it’s virtually all just questions about media usage.

So AEC, my opinion is that your survey is bullshit, which seems pretty much in line with any advertising I see related to the election.

Holden Caulfield 3:55 pm 31 Jul 13

Well, I’m Gen X and was born in the early 70s. That might scare a few young imposters away, haha.

PoQ 2:48 pm 31 Jul 13

magiccar9 said :

Here’s my opinion for all to read.
1. Cut out compulsory voting. Accept that there are people out there who don’t actually give two sh*ts about voting in equally incompetent parties that don’t represent “the people”. If it were actually a democracy we would have the choice to vote or not.
2. Remove political advertising from the media entirely. It serves little purpose other than to slag off the other team. Anybody who is actually interested in what each particular person is trying to stand for will seek out this information on their own accord.
3. Stop making political issues larger that they actually are. Example, who cares when the federal election is called? It will be some day in the near future, accept that fact, report it once, and move on. We don’t need different speculation in the media every second damn day!

1 – Compulsory voting stops packs of organised ratbags (the sort you don’t like) hijacking the system. It forces the likely winners to the centre, and holds up extremists of all stripes to ridicule. So while your first point is persuasive, it is not conclusive.

2 – If I remember correctly, Bob Hawke tried to ban political advertising, and the media companies won their High Court appeal on free speech grounds. Of course the triennial rivers of cash had nothing to do with it.

3 – Reporters are like everybody else – they have a set of standard stories. Election date speculation is one of them, and they can knock off a story before lunch, and spend the rest of the day in then pub. A new, distinct issue requires actual thought – and as anybody who writes for a living will tell you, original thought is a lot harder than changing the dates on last year’s draft.

Primal 1:14 pm 31 Jul 13

I self-identify as Generation XY. I refuse to conform!!!!

Grail 1:01 pm 31 Jul 13

I was Gen X before it was cool to be Gen X. If you were born after 1984*, you’re the generation that Gen X was babysitting for pocket money.

*1984 is the latest date used by any official census to categorise someone as a member of “Generation X”. The AEC is apparently using 1979 as the cutoff point. Doesn’t bother me.

harvyk1 1:01 pm 31 Jul 13

I got as far as please fill in your email address. I’m happy to fill in an anonymous survey about my voting habits, but I have no interest in telling a gov’t about them in a way which personally identifies me.

So there you go ACC, have some feedback from a Gen Y…

magiccar9 12:48 pm 31 Jul 13

Here’s my opinion for all to read.
1. Cut out compulsory voting. Accept that there are people out there who don’t actually give two sh*ts about voting in equally incompetent parties that don’t represent “the people”. If it were actually a democracy we would have the choice to vote or not.
2. Remove political advertising from the media entirely. It serves little purpose other than to slag off the other team. Anybody who is actually interested in what each particular person is trying to stand for will seek out this information on their own accord.
3. Stop making political issues larger that they actually are. Example, who cares when the federal election is called? It will be some day in the near future, accept that fact, report it once, and move on. We don’t need different speculation in the media every second damn day!

bd84 11:45 am 31 Jul 13

Are they sure they want the opinions of people of gen Y? I would think that people from the age of 23 to 37 would be in typical voters by that age.. Perhaps they mean the next generation..

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