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Voting tomorrow for election 2010

By johnboy - 20 August 2010 14

I’m not going to tell you how to vote. Heck I haven’t even made up my own mind yet.

But I can tell you that the following candidates here in the ACT thought it was reasonable to be asked questions when presenting themselves for election:

The other candidates, from the day after the Electoral Commission confirmed them as candidates to the day before the election, could not or would not answer simple polite questions from the public on the record.

I leave it up to the reader to decide what that’s worth.

(Incidentally one candidate offered to do an interview, but on condition the questionnaire questions were not asked)

What’s Your opinion?


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14 Responses to
Voting tomorrow for election 2010
p1 12:26 pm 21 Aug 10

Grrrr said :

I don’t see responses from either Kodos or Kang there..

Remember, “It makes no difference which one of us you vote for. Either way, your planet is doomed. DOOMED!”

p1 said :

Well, I believe I’ll vote for a third-party candidate.

Go ahead, throw your vote away.

I-filed 11:58 am 21 Aug 10

Minor irregularity at the Darra polling place: table right inside on the way in, covered in pamphlets – it looked like a “pick up how to vote cards” spot but people on their way in were simply leaving their materials there. (nb it was not the “on the way out” disposal spot). I nearly picked up a how to vote for one of the parties, before I figured it wasn’t kosher to have them sitting there inside the polling place. The woman greeting voters should really have been disposing of them. Most of the cards happened to be Green promo material, so I’d say it was a minor but significant irregularity … and something the poll supervisor should have been managing.

Primal 10:03 am 21 Aug 10

How To Vote cards seem hopelessly unnecessary this time around… I actually voted below the line in the Senate for once because there were so few boxes to fill out!

vg 8:24 am 21 Aug 10

“A fair point about the safe seats, but both Brodtmann and Leigh beat the factions’ preferred candidates. Their preselection wins were not what the Labor Party wanted.”

Bollocks, its the Labor Party you’re talking about here. No one beats the factions or powerbrokers

CraigT 7:55 am 21 Aug 10

Making Canberra seats miore marginal is exactly what we should be doing, regardless of our political beliefs. Additionally, giving your first preference to a minor party ensures the bastards who’ve been polluting our TV channels with ads over the last month don’t get your $2.

This is the hardest election yet, I really don’t want to vote for any of them:

Greens: committed to reducing funding to independent schools; very little in the way of “Green” policy anymore – it’s all social engineering crap.

Labor: Undid Howard’s succcessful border control policies and started a flood of illegal immigration which is costing us hundreds of $millions$. This is a huge and significant issue. Gillard’s East Timor gaffe was probably enough to convince any doubters that Labor is impotent and clueless on border-control.

Liberal: Under Abbott, pro-Workchoices and climate-change denial. Abbott has committed to stopping the highly successful Marine Parks program – clear sign he is a committed environmental vandal.

Who does that leave? Nobody. We’re screwed.

justin heywood 12:02 am 21 Aug 10

CanberraCreative said :

… voting feels like choosing the least worst option rather than a candidate who truly speaks or inspires.

Well the last candidate who you could say ‘really inspired’ was Kevin07 and look how well that turned out. We ain’t got no Obamas in this town. The last politician who took a stand on any principle was Turnbull (on the ETS).

I’m so disillusioned with all sides. We’ve got Abbott who I think is unelectable as PM. Labor, so full of apparatchiks and so thin on talent that they’re going to make Whitlam look competent, and The Greens, with some nasty ideologues lined up behind a green trojan horse.

I’d vote informal in protest but that’s a bit like giving a nod to that idiot Latham.

CanberraCreative 9:17 pm 20 Aug 10

I voted already… the AEC should be handing out prozac at polling places given that voting feels like choosing the least worst option rather than a candidate who truly speaks or inspires.

WillowJim 8:56 pm 20 Aug 10

cranky said :

Labor is slightly more pallatable, but I shy at voting for candidates no one knows, foisted on the elctorate as a result of party room manouvering, and virtually guarranteed a job for life.

A fair point about the safe seats, but both Brodtmann and Leigh beat the factions’ preferred candidates. Their preselection wins were not what the Labor Party wanted.

Dr Strange 7:11 pm 20 Aug 10

shaneb said :

Unless you have a strong preference for a particular party:

1. Both house of reps seats are safe Labor seats, which they are guaranteed to retain, so vote Liberal above Labor to make the electorate appear more marginal. This is especially important if you are employed in the APS. No party would cut jobs from the APS if it was marginal.

Agree. Can’t see any practical difference between the majors. Don’t see the point of why the CPSU pays association fees to the Labour Party as for all practical purposes it makes a blind rats difference. See the backtrack on the efficiency dividend (which has to be paid for PRIOR to any pay raises for staff). Does anybody seriously think APS agency pay equity will actually ever get up?

shaneb 5:31 pm 20 Aug 10

Unless you have a strong preference for a particular party:

1. Both house of reps seats are safe Labor seats, which they are guaranteed to retain, so vote Liberal above Labor to make the electorate appear more marginal. This is especially important if you are employed in the APS. No party would cut jobs from the APS if it was marginal.

2. Give your first preferences to a minor party (below 4%) and save the AEC/taxpayer $2.31

cranky 5:16 pm 20 Aug 10

In a similar position. Voting Liberal will get us a re-run of the Howard years, but run by the Catholic church, and a surefire Canberra recession.

Labor is slightly more pallatable, but I shy at voting for candidates no one knows, foisted on the elctorate as a result of party room manouvering, and virtually guarranteed a job for life.

Probably Green in the Senate, simply to stick it up the majors.

Grrrr 5:11 pm 20 Aug 10

I don’t see responses from either Kodos or Kang there..

Remember, “It makes no difference which one of us you vote for. Either way, your planet is doomed. DOOMED!”

johnboy 4:40 pm 20 Aug 10

There’s a little bit of bogan in all of us.

Bosworth 4:37 pm 20 Aug 10

Johnboy said: “Heck I haven’t even made up my own mind yet.”

http://thingsboganslike.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/bogan-bribe-watch-august-20th/

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