I voted today

I dutifully sent off my postal vote today. It was an underwhelming experience. My favourite bit was preferencing people last as punishment for the most lackluster campaign of all time.

The LNP ran an abhorrent campaign with a bizarre focus on asylum seekers.

The ALP are a power-hungry group controlled by faceless apparatchiks who will do and say anything to stay in government. Plus the clean feed is possibly the worst policy ever invented and trades on fear and paranoia in order to sell a solution to a distressing problem that is tantamount to selling snake oil. It won’t work. It’s an awful slippery slope and has been sold using brute tactics to silence opposition.

The Greens are untenable. Their policies are half incredible, half terrifying.

Family First. Well. I won’t go there.

I was almost tempted to cop a fine, Mark Latham’s “blank paper” idea was stupid and how that clown keeps getting air time is completely beyond me. The decision to engage him as a political commentator speaks volumes about the farce politics in our country has become.

That is all.


Lee Shelton says:

It’s nice to know that we Americans aren’t alone when it comes to political idiocy. If faced with choices like we had in 2008, I may actually consider the “blank paper” option.

Jeff K says:

again. yes and amen. I was wondering if the Shooter’s Party was still doing their thing, and could be invited to one of the debates to do something practical???

David C says:

I thought about a donkey vote this year. But I was encouraged in the knowledge that my vote means so little in the scheme of things that filling in the ballot paper correctly means almost the same thing as a donkey vote. So I’m going to vote properly, to protest against my vote meaning so little.

My best bet this year appears to be Ewan Saunders, of the Socialist Alliance. He’s a 28 year old student and a vote for him apparently “goes a long way”.

Him aside, it’s looking slim pickings. No independents…

Andrew says:

I don’t get why it’s that much of an issue. Be an adult and put away what you thought about the campaign or whoever was running and vote for the party that you think will do a better job of running the country. It’s not about picking a perfect option, but the better option.

Nathan Campbell says:

On what basis should I make that decision on who will run the country better? That’s a pretty low view of the democratic process and sets the bar pretty low for those who want to run the country. “We promise to do the least bad job” is pretty mediocre.

Lee Shelton says:

Andrew, I used to be a staunch advocate of voting for the “lesser of two evils.” My thinking changed leading up to our 2000 presidential elections when I could no longer justify voting for candidates who held positions that were in clear opposition to our written constitution. Sometimes there just isn’t an option that would allow one to cast a vote with a clear conscience.

Damien Carson says:

What were channel nine thinking when they engaged an indiscriminant hater to follow a campaign that was already slanderous on both sides? Reminds me of the old one liner: “I’m not racist, I hate everyone”.

Nathan Campbell says:


They were probably thinking “this will rate well”…