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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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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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Climate Cleverer – Australian Goverment taken for a spin

September 28th, 2007 · No Comments

The guys at GetUp! and my mate Dan Ilic have worked together to create a spoof of the Australian Government’s Climate Clever greenwashing effort. Amazingly it looks like they’re going to raise $200,000 to broadcast the ads in just a few days.

Check it out.

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