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What Election?

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While most of us, even those like me who are political junkies want it over ,some do not even know it is on and they too have a vote.
A group of school girls asked on radio answered in strange ways, some one is running against John Howard arnt they?
Who has not heard some one who understands nothing about it?
We are told about 8% are not yet committed ,the rest have made up our minds, that number has a few who do not understand the reason we have elections.
Just think 5 more weeks! bet very few do not share my view it will be good to have it over no matter what result.
Did however get a [biased] kick out of old John referring to a crowd in his electorate as Mr Speaker!
Posted by Belly, Sunday, 21 October 2007 5:45:08 AM
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old john is getting old. kevvie went from 15 to 50 in about 2 weeks, is only beginning to get caught up.

the election is of trivial importance, we'll keep trundling along toward environmental catastrophe whoever wins.

schoolgirls who don't think elections are worth learning about have it right, even if by accident.

smart ozzies go into the professions if they want money, science if they want challenge, and overseas if they want to talk with peers. so politics is a craft here, like carpentry only not so honorable. little wonder 'more of the same' plus tax cuts is all it takes to be prime minister.

i blame it all on wat tyler: putting himself in sword's reach of king henry was not only dumb, it extinguished any hope for democracy in british society. since then, genetic selection has made brits inclined to curtsey or tug their forelock in the presence of their 'betters'. failure to do so was fatal.

this history manifests itself in the dumb acceptance of 'them' being in charge here in oz, in spite of any amount of evidence that pollies are crooked or incompetent.
Posted by DEMOS, Sunday, 21 October 2007 8:42:39 AM
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GDay Belly. Of course many children are not going to really know or care about the election. But it is hard to imagine that any eligible voter in the country doesnít know about it, even in the most remote Aboriginal communities.

As for not knowing enough about the candidates, parties or policies, well thatís a different story entirely. Probably half the population doesnít have an informed viewÖ.and probably half of them donít give a ratís arse about the whole business. Come think of it, probably three quarters of the population hardly gives a hoot!

And then amongst those who do have a reasonable idea, a fair portion think that neither is really worth voting for and that they will be voting for what they feel is the less of two highly flawed entities, or choosing not to vote for either by putting in an informal vote, or worst of all, specifically not voting for either of the major candidates by casting their vote for one of the minor candidates and not realising that under our disgusting compulsory preferential voting system that their vote will filter down and count for one of the major candidates; exactly where specifically donít want it to count!!

Ultimately, the number of people who cast a vote will be very different indeed to the number of people that actually support that candidate. The winner will receive genuine support from only a tiny fraction of the community.

The whole business is a foul mess, in desperate need of major reform.
Posted by Ludwig, Sunday, 21 October 2007 9:05:08 AM
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Woops. The second last paragraph should have read;

Ultimately, the number of people who cast a vote for the winning candidate will be very different indeed to the number of people that actually support that candidate. The winner will receive genuine support from only a tiny fraction of the community.
Posted by Ludwig, Sunday, 21 October 2007 9:58:29 AM
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Ludwig no contest DEMOS however I can never agree with you, well yes it would be good to have better rulers but a whole government of independents?
My point however stands, some do not in fact know anything about politics.
Some believe me, have told me they hope Labor wins because they can not stand Kevin Rudd!
I think we can agree most will be a bit pleased to see it over and gone.
In my case old bloke Howard gone.
Posted by Belly, Sunday, 21 October 2007 3:08:17 PM
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Finally, the Election has been announced. What is interesting is that the man who has been described as our best Prime Minister is crumbling. John Howard seems to have lost his grip. But, instead of letting go, he's holding on for grim life. When he tries to tell voters he is excited about staying in politics - but only for another year or two - he sounds unconvincing. When he hopes those same voters will be 'kind enough' to re-elect him, he seems a frail man pleading for another win just for the record books. Using fear, as a political ploy - won't work anymore. This is not the Menzies era.
People want - hope - a future that will guarantee - job security,
medical care, education, and a non-nuclear agenda. John Howard will be remembered as the man who didn't know when to go ...
Posted by Foxy, Sunday, 21 October 2007 3:46:39 PM
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