Postal vote oddity…

simbo 17 October 2007 51

Okay, possibly I’m creating a storm in a teacup with this one, but…

A flyer called “postal vote application information” arrived in my letterbox this week, and presumably appeared in a few other people’s letterboxes as well. It contains, as you’d expect, a fair bit of info about postal votes, including two official application forms.

However, it also contains, on the back, a fairly obvious political ad for Garry Humprhies and Natalie Colbert.

If this is an Electoral commission publication, then why has it got advertising for candidates?

If it isn’t, why is it made up to look like it IS an official Electoral Commission Publication?

Does anybody else smell bodginess here, or is it just me?

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51 Responses to Postal vote oddity…
Maelinar Maelinar 2:53 pm 19 Oct 07

Gratz to Cameron.

(if that accountability…)

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:32 pm 19 Oct 07

I couldn’t help but notice how much Annette Ellis looks like an extra from Monsters Inc on the Postal Vote Application I received yesterday!

Cameron Cameron 1:06 pm 19 Oct 07

Fair enough 🙂

justbands justbands 12:30 pm 19 Oct 07

OK, fair response.

& to be honest, I’m an IT professional myself & not likely to need your services anytime soon in any case. 🙂

Cameron Cameron 12:27 pm 19 Oct 07

If you read it as me being a patronising prick, then nothing I can do about it. I certainly didn’t mean it as such. Put it down to the limits of text-based communication. The PS probably was, I’ll grant you that.

I’m not on RA to advertise my business. The link through my username is there because I don’t like hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. I like being held accountable for my comments here.

If that accountability means you’ll never be my customer, well so be it.

justbands justbands 12:17 pm 19 Oct 07

Fair enough. Although you could have said as much without being a patronising prick. Not good advertising for your business (linked via your username here) you know.

Cameron Cameron 12:12 pm 19 Oct 07


Cameron Cameron 12:12 pm 19 Oct 07

I must not have been clear enough for you, but I was referring to the postal app mailout, which is what this thread primarily refers to.

My first reference to the letter you’re referring to was the sentence you quoted in your last post.

justbands justbands 12:09 pm 19 Oct 07

> I never saw the letter you’re referring to, so I can’t comment.

Didn’t stop you before. FFS.

Cameron Cameron 11:16 am 19 Oct 07

Caf: “Don’t cry to me, I’m just putting the facts out there.”

Wasn’t crying to you at all – I used your name to reference your comment. I realised all you were doing was pointing out a fact.

Justbands: “When the delivery method involves trickery, then my immediate (& I believe logical) suspicion is that the message contains the same.”

I never saw the letter you’re referring to, so I can’t comment.

And I’ll FFS whoever I like FFS.

You cant be nonconformist if you dont drink coffee You cant be nonconformist if you dont drink coffee 8:56 am 19 Oct 07

By ‘the left’ I assume you mean The Greens? Cos I’ve already got one from Labor’s Annette Ellis, and my friend over the border in Struggle-Town has already got one from Mr Mustache, Mike Kelly… I think the only reason the Greens and Democrats don’t do it is purely pragmatic – they don’t have any pennies to spare! I imagine it’s quite expensive to mail something to every house in Australia…

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 9:28 pm 18 Oct 07

Got mine today. No big deal, they have been sending one at each of the last elections – which makes me wonder if it might be one of those privileges of incumbency because you don’t (or at least I don’t) seem to get them from the left.

kylearaus kylearaus 9:24 pm 18 Oct 07

When you all say “bin” I trust you ALL meant the recycling bin. Best not to totally waste the resource.

justbands justbands 8:08 pm 18 Oct 07

“What’s important to you? The delivery method or the message?”

Actually, both. When the delivery method involves trickery, then my immediate (& I believe logical) suspicion is that the message contains the same.

I actually haven’t seen this one, so can’t comment on it itself. However, the one I mentioned earlier (from a “concerned resident”) during the last election was completely & utterly dishonest. I (as many others who received it were) was disgusted.

If this sort of thing isn’t important to you, then fine. Don’t “FFS” me though FFS!

“don’t you think that Senator Gaz knew and probably in fact HOPED that people would realise that?”

Ummmm, sure. If that’s what you want to believe.

mutley mutley 7:57 pm 18 Oct 07

I’m of the opinion that it’s indicitive of their nature. Like perhaps making up stories of refugees throwing their kids overboard, that sort of thing.

So I gues Col Mike Kelly is mean and tricky like that too (see ant 17 October@9:10pm).

At least the Greens and their Australian Conservation friends don’t use any deliberately tricky means to accomplish anything.

caf caf 7:13 pm 18 Oct 07

Don’t cry to me, I’m just putting the facts out there.

Cameron Cameron 6:51 pm 18 Oct 07

Caf – that makes it even worse!!!

What’s the worse that could happen? They fill out this official looking form that happened to have come from the Liberal Party, and they end up with a non-partisan ACTUAL official ballot courtesy of the AEC.


caf caf 6:14 pm 18 Oct 07

The form distributed wasn’t the ballot itself, it was an application for a postal vote (if you fill it out and send it back, then you get sent out the actual ballot paper).

Ruby Wednesday Ruby Wednesday 5:46 pm 18 Oct 07

Maelinar, I’m not sure what obscure style guide you got that one out of. I’ve never heard it before. Regardless, it was following a figure, so definitely no capital letter!

Cameron Cameron 5:29 pm 18 Oct 07

Yeah, and where you need to fill in the person you’re voting for you don’t think it will occur to them that this bit is up to them?

Even if the envelope comes from party A, shouldn’t it occur to even the lowest common denominator that the vote lies with them?

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