fifty to one

Voting time for Australians today. Hooray for our government and hooray for democracy. Voting is compulsory here. I would really like to know what the results would be if it were not… I suspect a number of big parties rely on a lot of wishy-washy votes (like mine) to see them over the line.

Voting for the senate is fun though. Number one box above the line, or number all fifty below. Fifty! I opted for the latter. Even though it takes longer and I’d rather be doing just about anything than voting, there are certain parties I’d like to see come last and thus I need to start numbering from 50 and work my way back to 1. I wish we could vote to evict certain politicians from the house of representatives. I’d be much more keen on the whole process then. And they’d be a bit more accountable for their past actions wouldn’t they?

Tonight there will be nothing on TV but election results. And Toy Story 2. We might watch that, on DVD rather than TV, to see how much faster we can get through the movie without any commercials. DVDs are a better experience anyway.

No, I can’t bring myself to be too concerned about the election results. But I would like to wish Elissa good luck. Could I have an MP for a friend? Tonight, we’ll find out.

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Ben Boyle

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5 thoughts on “fifty to one”

  1. *jaw drops* You numbered all 50 boxes? (Mum just said: “He would!”) Heehee! 🙂 How long did it take? Actually, it took me a good couple of minutes to find the one box above the line that I wanted to mark. That was one huuuuuuge piece of paper.And good luck to Elissa – I think I met her once? Did I?

  2. It is the only way to be sure who you are voting for. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if the person checking it says “is this 24 or 29? ahh to hell with it—invalid!” I tried to be legible though.

  3. We have a month over here in the US till our elections. Debates are all anyone’s talking about here. I’m sure you know who you’d prefer running things over here. Lots of us don’t. I do, but that’s cause I’m me :)No More BUSH!!!No more BUSH!!!

  4. I suspect there is an alarming fear of change pervading our fair country.Or maybe I’m just bitter because yet again I didn’t pick the winner! Dammit, I’m no good at this voting game. 😉 But, I have my fingers crossed that I win the other competition I entered at the polling booths yesterday. Some young girls from the local school were flogging raffle tickets and I decided to buy one before asking the prize.. was delighted to discover the prize is a framed and autographed Matty Hayden cricket bat. BOOYAH! Wish me luck!

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