I did my thing at around 9 this morning, toddled off to the primary school down the street, discregarded the “how to vote” cards I was handed, and was pleasantly surprised at there being only 4 names on the House of Representatives ballot paper, which I quickly numbered through, and only 16 below the line for the Senate paper.. so with that one I took my time, mostly just so I didn’t stuff up my numbered, and for the first time did the below the line vote. That way I don’t have to worry that my preferences will flow to some Fred Nile group person (not that I saw them there for the ACT) or to Family First, wh I don’t remember being there either. Maybe they’ve given up on Canberra, and realise that there’s no point standing here as the PPP (politics, pornography and pyrotechnics) have long taken hold and really, we have no “family values” that they speak of left. :) Such a shame. It made figuring out who went last really quite hard.
I bit dissapointed at the attempted “cake stall” at the school. A couple of trays of rocky road… where were the lamingtons and toffee? Why did I even get up this morning?
It’s out my hands now. In about 8 hours I’ll have dragged out the tv (or be camped out in front of it on the bike at the gym) watching the start of the count. It could well be a close one, and that makes me nervous. I’m not really sure that I want Labor and Kevin Rudd in, but I know I don’t want John Howard’s Liberals around anymore. I so hope he loses Bennelong.
We shall see.
edit: Nikkiana was perplexed by our preferential voting system, so I shared for her this how to vote link (sound required). Here’s the how to not vote one, too. I don’t know if it helped her any, but she tells me the Australian male voice is enthralling.
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