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You need to sort out your electoral enrolment right now

By johnboy 14 July 2010 63

[First filed: Jul 13, 2010 @ 10:54]

Cthulu t-shirt [T-shirt from CafePress.]

That for many of our younger readers RiotACT is the primary source of news is a cause of sleepless nights for me.

So we’re going to be serious for just a minute.

If you’re not enrolled to vote, or you’ve moved house since the last election, you need to sort out your enrollment. Probably today, by the end of the week at the latest.

We joke that voting doesn’t matter in the ACT, and it’s true that if you say you’re really sorry the electoral commission will probably waive the first fine.

But there are some big things to vote about that matter. Stuff like handing the internet over to a faceless committee of public servants who’ll decide what you can see and read (and already ban R18 computer games to appease authoritarian nutballs). Stuff like climate change policy, drug laws, war and peace.

Even if here in Canberra a change in sitting members is unlikely big changes in voting patterns will get noticed, policies will be modified.

But you have to enroll and once the election is called it is too late.

The ABC’s Anthony Green has an excellent piece on how to check your enrollment and how to go about voting.

Then, if you’re not enrolled, get down to the post office to fill in the paperwork.

Today.

(And then get reading, trust no-one, and form your own opinions. It’s a lot of work but it’s your future)

What’s Your opinion?


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Pommy bastard 12:54 pm 15 Jul 10

johnboy said :

You can change it yourself!

Not according to my profile John?

Name
Username Pommy Bastard Your username cannot be changed.

Although you interwizzygeeks may know different! 🙂

Tooks 11:40 am 15 Jul 10

One said :

Pork Hunt said :

Under the proposed internet filter, what happens if your name and address is:

Ms Virginia Cockburn
69 Sextant Way
Scunthorpe

and people try to Google you??

lol

Yes people can still G u but only if they don’t use a stupid system created by Card carring low paid production line memberships – so much for ordering products from Australia.

The only thing the filter stop is people. It wont stop bad content – much like a bad ACT government that hangs around doing nothing, publishing only propaganda with hate messages towards others, filling up over 40k in letter boxs with ALP how to vote cards created from recycled 30 page ACTEW statements made from 150gms rain forrest paper. Simply look at how many filters are in place for the ACT government not to waste money to know that a filter is a waste of time.

The Police could try law enforcement but why bother when they can simply hang out for another pay rise while their mates paid by the AEC go along littering the road sides and committing criminal damage to property.

AEC do not provide good information them selves – there is no information on accessing voting centres under threats of harm by other voters; something you would think every Australian had a right to know

I wish I had a ‘One’ filter…

p1 11:30 am 15 Jul 10

justin heywood said :

We humans have an almost infinite capacity to delude ourselves.

It is even easier if you drink.

Personally I don’t subscribe to left and right. I think politics is better represented by a ring. If you go far enough to the left you end up being on the right…

Pommy bastard 11:25 am 15 Jul 10

farq said :

Pommy bastard said :

Former “Pommy Bastard”, now “Dual Citizenship Bastard.”

Congratulations. You now belong to a country that is good at sports. We expect that you will be changing your user id.

Seriously congratulations again. More aussies the better I say.

Many thanks!

Johnboy, can change my username/ login to “Former Pommy Bastard”, please?

Thumper 11:14 am 15 Jul 10

think of someone who you think is of average intelligence, and fully half of all Australians are stupider then them

Actually, that is a scary thought.

justin heywood 10:59 am 15 Jul 10

p1 said :

Re the ABC…..

I have a friend who takes all his news from alJazeera, as he claims that all Western media is biased. When I suggested that alJazeera might have a bias of its own, he said ‘No no, there is no bias. I agree with everything they say.’

We humans have an almost infinite capacity to delude ourselves.

p1 9:33 am 15 Jul 10

TheVirulentOne said :

Re the ABC, if you can’t see the left wing bias I suspect you see a surgeon and have the blinkers removed.

Guess it is, as always, relative to where you are looking from. While I understand that maybe my views might not be the median of those held by every Australian, neither are anyone else’s.

As someone said in a thread the other day, think of someone who you think is of average intelligence, and fully half of all Australians are stupider then them. Same applies to politics.

One 11:51 pm 14 Jul 10

Pork Hunt said :

Under the proposed internet filter, what happens if your name and address is:

Ms Virginia Cockburn
69 Sextant Way
Scunthorpe

and people try to Google you??

lol

Yes people can still G u but only if they don’t use a stupid system created by Card carring low paid production line memberships – so much for ordering products from Australia.

The only thing the filter stop is people. It wont stop bad content – much like a bad ACT government that hangs around doing nothing, publishing only propaganda with hate messages towards others, filling up over 40k in letter boxs with ALP how to vote cards created from recycled 30 page ACTEW statements made from 150gms rain forrest paper. Simply look at how many filters are in place for the ACT government not to waste money to know that a filter is a waste of time.

The Police could try law enforcement but why bother when they can simply hang out for another pay rise while their mates paid by the AEC go along littering the road sides and committing criminal damage to property.

AEC do not provide good information them selves – there is no information on accessing voting centres under threats of harm by other voters; something you would think every Australian had a right to know

farq 9:26 pm 14 Jul 10

Pommy bastard said :

Former “Pommy Bastard”, now “Dual Citizenship Bastard.”

Congratulations. You now belong to a country that is good at sports. We expect that you will be changing your user id.

Seriously congratulations again. More aussies the better I say.

2604 8:17 pm 14 Jul 10

Always thought that The Call of Ktulu was one of the best songs on Ride the Lightning.

I would totally vote for Dave Mustaine if he was standing for election.

TheVirulentOne 7:40 pm 14 Jul 10

Too much haste, too little checking – “Re GetUp, NOT being controlled by a political party hardly makes them independent”. And make ‘suspect’ SUGGEST !

TheVirulentOne 7:37 pm 14 Jul 10

Re GetUp, being controlled by a political party hardly makes them independent. The most basic research on their campaigns reveals an extremist left wing agenda. Though they would probably call themselves ‘progressive’, ie high tax, maximum government interference on everyone’s lives bar terrorists, open borders, anti-business, anti-choice, etc…

Re the ABC, if you can’t see the left wing bias I suspect you see a surgeon and have the blinkers removed.

Skidbladnir 4:55 pm 14 Jul 10

If I was donating to an organisation claiming to be “an independent political movement to build a progressive Australia”, I’d hope they were of benefit to somebody…

However according to the AEC report into their activities prior to the 2007 election…
Pg24: GetUp entities were not associated entities (as then defined) as they did not appear to be controlled by one or more registered political parties, nor did they appear to operate wholly or to a significant extent to the benefit of one or more registered political parties. The available information did not show a real or actual benefit to any party or parties, nor did it show a sufficiently direct link between the entities and any political party or parties. The AEC had insufficient grounds to undertake a more formal investigation.

Pommy bastard 4:35 pm 14 Jul 10

Interestingly, when I made my pledge to the people and nation of Australia last Friday, I was given, and completed, an enrollment / registration form at the ceremony.

Former “Pommy Bastard”, now “Dual Citizenship Bastard.”

Icepoet 3:28 pm 14 Jul 10

dvaey said :

Icepoet said :

dvaey said :

Stuff like climate change policy, drug laws, war and peace.

One thing Id often like during an election, is some sort of table published maybe in the CT, which briefly summarises the candidates views on various subjects.

Davey, last election Getup did just that.

The only issue with it was that the Liberal candidates refused to participate last time so it was impossible to compare your results with their candidates.

Sounds great, Ill have to have a look for it this time around. As for the libs refusing to participate, isnt that their loss? If the site will suggest who to vote for, and they refuse to put their name on the list, along-side their political views, they might as well take it off the ballot paper, IMHO.

+1 for that suggestion.

    johnboy 4:05 pm 14 Jul 10

    Get up is a business based on fleecing the well-intended. Not supporting them is not such a bad thing in and of itself.

dvaey 1:30 pm 14 Jul 10

Icepoet said :

dvaey said :

Stuff like climate change policy, drug laws, war and peace.

One thing Id often like during an election, is some sort of table published maybe in the CT, which briefly summarises the candidates views on various subjects.

Davey, last election Getup did just that.

The only issue with it was that the Liberal candidates refused to participate last time so it was impossible to compare your results with their candidates.

Sounds great, Ill have to have a look for it this time around. As for the libs refusing to participate, isnt that their loss? If the site will suggest who to vote for, and they refuse to put their name on the list, along-side their political views, they might as well take it off the ballot paper, IMHO.

arescarti42 11:39 am 14 Jul 10

arescarti42 said :

“That for many of our younger readers RiotACT is the primary source of news is a cause of sleepless nights for me.”

Don’t flatter yourself JB.

Ok, the consensus appears to be out on that one, I withdraw my previous statement.

Also, for those who are interested, the ABC has a bunch of RSS feeds, local, national and international which are pretty good.

Icepoet 9:55 am 14 Jul 10

dvaey said :

Stuff like climate change policy, drug laws, war and peace.

One thing Id often like during an election, is some sort of table published maybe in the CT, which briefly summarises the candidates views on various subjects. After doing some digging last election, I strangely found that the candidate most in-line with my views for the few issues important to me, was one who I normally never would have even looked at due to their party affiliation.

Davey, last election Getup did just that. They gave you an online questionaire to fill in about what you believed was important and asked the candidates to fill in the same questionaire. When you submitted your questionaire it showed a table indicating which candidate shared the closest responses to you.

The only issue with it was that the Liberal candidates refused to participate last time so it was impossible to compare your results with their candidates.

Ps. Has anyone seen Getup’s new spoof ad – based on a well known flavoured milk ad?

Very funny.

p1 9:50 am 14 Jul 10

arescarti42 said :

“That for many of our younger readers RiotACT is the primary source of news is a cause of sleepless nights for me.”

Don’t flatter yourself JB.

This isn’t so far from the truth. I get my Canberra specific news more from the RiotACT then any other source. Or at least I hear about it here first, I often then read reports elsewhere if it interests me.

For wider news with a left wing for grown-ups slant I read ABC. It’s not really left wing, but all the older rightwing people think it is.

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