Move on, John

Real soon now (October 9, in fact), Australia faces a Federal election. We have (in reality) two choices in this matter – another three years with the nasty, right-wing, dishonest leadership we have now, or the alternative, moderate left of Mark Latham’s Labor Party.

Now, I’m no great fan of Labor – they’ve done a few things of late which I think betrays their open-minded, pro-humanity roots. I certainly won’t be voting for them directly – my vote will go to the Greens in both the Senate and House of Representatives. That way, I can make my protest against the major parties and still try to ensure that the Senator representing me is a Green (Kerrie Tucker is a REAL chance) and that my HoR member is only through on preferences (given I live in a safe Labor seat).

Take a look at Dear John for some grassroots, anti-Liberal movement!

4 Replies to “Move on, John”

  1. One thing to watch out for when you vote for someone other than the two mainstream parties: you vote might split support for the moderate.

    In the U.S. we also have an upcoming election where the choice is between the rabid, right-wing Bush and the limp, moderate Kerry. Some people think they can register a protest vote by voting for Ralph Nader but all that will do is dilute the anti-Bush vote and give Bush a chance to get re-elected again :(

  2. discouraging people from voting for who they want might be okay in whatever country sean came from, but it’s not the american way. hopefully it’s not the australian way either.

  3. Devin

    Surely discouraging or encouraging people to vote one way or another is exactly what political campaigning and commentary is all about? This is my contribution.
    I think in nations which are democratic such as Australia (my home), the UK (where Sean hails from – although as I recall, he’s now gone to the dark side and become a US citizen) and the US (where, happily, politics of every sort seem to thrive), or nations which aspire to democracy, the allowing and in fact, encouragement of, robust political debate and opinion is the very point of society.
    I think you’ve missed the mark just a little – discouraging people to vote for a candidate whose platform you disagree with is very much the American (UK, Australian) way. What isn’t is preventing people from voting the way they want to through intimidation or a corrupt political system.

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