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Election Cheat Sheets

October 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Democracy is a tough game. Being an informed citizen means reading widely, watching closely, listening hard and discussing often. Even when you’ve got an idea of what your priorities are, working out which parties are advocating policies you stand for can be an involved task.

Many Australians left HSC study to the last minute and democracy preparation is no different. What we need when we turn up to the polls isn’t so much ‘how to vote’ cards but ‘what they stand for’ cards. We need the political landscape described, not our political choices prescribed.

Today I’ve taken a small step toward seeing Election Cheat Sheets becoming a reality – I’ve registered electioncheatsheet.com. At the moment there is nothing at the domains, but if I have support, I would like to see at-a-glance tables summarising key differences between political parties.

I’m wondering what the best way forward will be? Should I set up a wiki or a blog? All ideas welcome!

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You gotta fight for your right to (elect a) party

October 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Beijing, 1989
Everyone, please come to Tiananmen Square on June 4. It’s the only way we can secure our right to choose our government. WARNING: You may be arrested, tortured or shot dead on the spot.

Australia, 2007
Everyone, please come to the AEC website, print out the form and email or fax it before 8pm on October 17. It’s the only way we can secure our right to choose our government. WARNING: the whole process takes about half an hour.

You’ve still got 24 hours to enroll to vote. Thousands of people in Burma, China, Iran and Iraq (to name a few) have died for democracy. Even if you don’t know who you’re going to vote for yet, it’s not going to kill you to enroll.

Traditionally people have weeks (not hours) to enroll after the election is called. At the last election, 400 000 young people enrolled at the last minute, securing their say in how our nation operates.

Some people think the rolls are closing early because the Liberal-National Coalition know most young people won’t vote for them. Whatever the case, we’ve only got a few hours left – let’s spread the word.

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Election 2007 Comment Wall

October 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Seen something in the 2007 Australian election campaign that’s worth commenting on? A cynical ad? A dubious statistic? If there’s anything you’d like to say regarding the election, post it as a comment here for the world to see! I’m hoping a few comments on this post will be the basis for my own writing on the election, so get me fired up, if you like. 🙂

Hope to hear from you!

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The economy is central to everything

October 15th, 2007 · No Comments

The Australian Federal Election’s first full day is today. The conservative government’s advertising campaign is heavily messaged with the tag line “The economy is central to everything”. The Prime Minister talks about the importance of a strong economy, but frustratingly, he misses the point. A strong economy at what cost? A strong economy based on the trade of fossil fuels? A strong economy that pumps tonnes of toxins into our air and water every day?

Our planet is dying because of the way we live, and the sicker our planet gets, the healthier the economy looks. This is not sustainable.

The truth is it is the environment that is central to everything. As the adages go – you can’t eat money, and there’s no jobs on a dead planet.

My generation demands more than just a strong economy, we want an economy that’s strong and sustainable. We won’t settle for wealth that relies primarily on digging up rocks in the ground. If anything, we’d prefer an economy that’s built on the strength of the rocks in our heads. That means education and innovation. That means supporting renewable energy programs and having the courage not to sell things just because we know there’s a buyer. It means protecting forests, restoring wetlands, making tough decisions because we’re wise enough to know that somethings have a value beyond money. Some things are too good to dig, to knock down, to chop up and to sell.

In this election, politicians are asking Australians to think about the kind of economy they want to live in, but that’s a stupid question. The question Australians are increasingly asking is what kind of a world do we want to live in? What kind of an environment do we want for our grandchildren to inherit and what kind of a community do we want to grow old in? Our answers to those questions will help answer this big question: what kind of economy do we want for Australia?

This post is part of Blog Action Day.

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It’s on – 24th November 2007 Election

October 14th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Let’s roll. In fact, let’s enroll… Please, please, please – make sure everyone in your friends and family are enrolled to vote!

We only have until 8pm Wednesday night! Check out the AEC for more info.

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