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Vacuous Election?

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Commentator Paul Collits pronounces the election to have been a "disappointing, loud, and ultimately vacuous show".

More importantly, Collits mentions the "out-sized non-voting class" that made its feelings known about the poor quality of the offerings for the job of running the country: about a quarter of the votes were informal in some electorates. The "former magic" of election day is now "all but gone", with the outstanding number of pre-polling votes (many illegal) showing, in my opinion, that many people are no longer interested in hearing the full story because they donít believe it will make any difference.

Seventy percent of voters did not want Labor. Collits asks when was the last time a government secured an outright victory with just about "70 percent of the electorate wishing they hadn't?"

Over a million voters went for the 'freedom parties'. Added to the number of informal votes, there is a substantial group who are sick of having their rights and freedoms stomped on, being lied to by all the current crop of politicians, and being subjected to stuff they never voted for. "Anger or indifference" is to be expected.

All this, Collits believes, has us "slouching towards both first-past-the-post and voluntary voting" without knowing it.
Posted by ttbn, Monday, 20 June 2022 9:30:39 AM
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Dear Ttbn,

Well of course elections were vacuous, as always - what did you expect?
Posted by Yuyutsu, Monday, 20 June 2022 11:08:00 AM
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Another right winger crying in his beer about the election result. AND 64% of voters didn't want Morrison as PM, so he got the 'A'

GET OVER IT!

"about a quarter of the votes were informal in some electorates." ttbn do you make it up, or can you name one electorate where the informal vote was anywhere near 25%. In the Sydney seat of Fowler where there was a strong protest vote against Labor for parachuting Keneally in, the informal vote was 10.52%. The majority of informal votes at federal elections are caused by voters not numbering every square in preferential order.

ttbn, before the election you were crowing Hanson and Palmer, they failed to win a single seat, in fact Palmer lost the only seat his party held. deja vu for you from 2019 with your Corny Banana, did you join up and make a donation this time?
Posted by Paul1405, Monday, 20 June 2022 12:45:07 PM
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2022 was a breakthrough election.

The Liberal Party was turfed out, not just from
government but also from many of its blue-ribbon seats
and we saw a historic wave of climate-focused candidates
elected from outside the major parties.

Integrity in politics was a key issue that drove many
moderate voters away from the incumbent Liberal Party and
towards independent candidates in affluent urban seats.

Scott Morrison may have been an excellent campaigner, but
he was mistrusted amongst large parts of the electorate.
Then there was the issue of climate change, and the issue
of the woman's vote that added to the election results.
Posted by Foxy, Monday, 20 June 2022 1:32:01 PM
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Thanks for raising this topical issue ttbn- sad that others use it in the way they do- it just proves that they can't be trusted. "Pre-polling votes (many illegal)" - I think the bar is quite low for compliance- personally I don't have a problem with pre-poll voting but I'm not sure how it skews things.
Posted by Canem Malum, Monday, 20 June 2022 2:36:48 PM
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ttbn, Canem Malum and Donald Trump all have the same problem; "The election was stolen from the right wing nut jobs." Please someone give it back, before the three of them blow their piffle valves.

ttbn, don't forget the 25% figure for informal votes, was it another one of your porkies?
Posted by Paul1405, Monday, 20 June 2022 2:52:59 PM
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