November 24th, 2007


It's that time again: the Aussie federal election circus is in town!

So, after three long years since the Aussie people bizarrely re-elected John Howard, and after a total of eleven years under this anti-intellectual cretin, it's finally time to vote again. Let's hope Australians this time around have the good sense to resoundingly defeat Howard at the polls. Labour need a big swing, but the wave of popularity that Kevin Rudd is riding will hopefully be enough. Meanwhile, in the Senate, the Greens are a good shot at seizing the balance of power. I voted first thing this morning, before the queues became ridiculous, and am now mildly impatiently waiting for the polls to close and ballot counting to begin. I live in one of the country's safest Labour seats, so there's no prizes for correctly guessing that Kelvin Thompson will be re-elected despite the scandal earlier this year about how his office provided a letter of recommendation to gangland figure Tony Mokbel. The Liberal candidate didn't even seem to try; I only knew his name because I actually looked it up, as I didn't receive any promotional material from him! Makes a stark contrast from last year's Queensland state election, when I got wave after wave of crap from the major parties. This year, I got more from the Greens and the Socialist Alliance than I did from the major parties. I suppose that's what you get for living in such a safe seat though.

However, it didn't stop me from eagerly researching all the parties so that I could work out my vote. It wasn't hard to determine my vote for my electorate's House of Representatives seat, as thanks to the preferential system of voting, a vote for the Greens followed by the Socialist Alliance with Labour as my third preference is not a wasted vote and won't harm an outcome favourable towards removing Howard. For Victoria's six Senate seats, the preferential system is also used, and you can either vote just for one party "above the line" and accept their official preference flows ticket (which too few people bother to read, as the Liberals disturbingly favour Family First), or you can vote "below the line" and preference every single one of the 68 candidates (though some parties stand multiple candidates). Now, some of these represent the mainstream parties; the Greens are fielding six candidates in Victoria, for instance, and the Coalition and Labour naturally have a similar amount. But then there are some really ... interesting parties out there. And that's why I'm writing this entry.

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So now it's only an hour until the polls close. I'd hate to see what the queues are like at the polling stations right now! I'm looking forward to the start of the evening electoral coverage and the end of Howard. He's even looking like he might become only the second sitting Aussie Prime Minister after Stanley Bruce in 1929 to lose his seat. This should be good.