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Election day in Australia


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Yep, it's today, and I believe I'm safe in predicting one thing...

Regardless of who wins, there won't be screaming, ranting and raving about "rigged" elections. There won't be outcries about imaginary voter fraud. There won't be desperate pleas for anyone to "just find me another 17,000 I need to win this seat". And there won't be a bunch of animal-skin clad, body-paint wearing illiterates smashing in the doors of Parliament House in an effort to overthrow the result... because we are not morons.

I would like to see the greens win. There is as much hope of that as there is of Donald Trump saying something which isn't a lie. So, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for Labor. We don't need another 9 years of climate change denying, trickle down doo doo espousing troglodytes running the place.

Irrespective of who wins, almost all of us will be wishing them well and hoping they continue to keep Australia sane.


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RE: Election day in Australia

Yep, reminds me of my post on the main site about all the things Biden HASN'T done and celebrating them.

Albanese would have had an easier run if he'd known that the borders were open, but he'll probably get away with one serious gaffe!


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RE: Election day in Australia
He's had a shocker. More than one serious gaffe, but hopefully voters will forgive him.

I don't know why both Tanya Plibersek and Penny Wong refuse to run for the top job. I'm pretty sure either of them would be a shoo-in.


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RE: Election day in Australia
How many political parties are there in Australia? You have mentioned Labour and Green, presumably it's been conservatives in for the last 9 years. Have you also got a few smaller ones like we do on the mainland? Is there an Aussie equivalent to the British National Party or even the Monster Raving Looney Party?


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RE: Election day in Australia
I can remember so much wishing I could vote for the Monster Raving Looney Party. I think that was about 40 years ago, are they still around?

We've got dozens of parties. At one point we had a Sex Party, but I'm not sure they are still going. I think we may have even have had a Party Party Party, although that might have been a joke. But there are definitely some weird and wonderful ones.

We have some "serious" parties that are small and will never have a chance of governing in their own right - like the One Nation Party and United Australia Party (both far right). The largest of these is the Greens. All of these parties usually pick up a few seats between them.

There are only three parties that count usually -- the Liberal party (think Tories), the Labor Party and the Nationals, which decades ago was the Country Party. Both the Liberal (mostly urban) and National(mostly rural) parties are conservative, so if they ran independent of each other, they's split the conservative vote, and Labor (progressive) would win every time. So for as long as I've been alive, the Liberals and Nationals have been operating as a coalition. Sometimes it's not a very harmonious marriage, but they survive.

Hope that all makes sense.


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RE: Election day in Australia
Yes, the Monster Raving Looney Party is still going, although screaming lord such died a few years ago and the leader is now Alan 'howling laud' Hope.

Basically, you have the same sort of thing as England (I will not say 'UK' because Ireland has its own separate parties/government and Scotland and Wales have their own parties too.

The Westminster lot is pretty much a two horse race. We have the liberal democrats who are a wishy washy Tory/labour hybrid these days who committed political suicide by jumping in bed with the Tories in a coalition and being totally ineffectual. I couldn't even tell you who their leader is now without looking it up.

How is your Green party on general policies? Ours, aside from having about the same chance as yours of getting in by the sounds of it) wouldn't get my vote because, whilst having great environmental policies, it has absolutely nothing to offer on the subjects of healthcare, Education, fiscal policy and the like. It's a one issue party, important for raising the profile of vital environmental issues, hopeless for actually running the country.


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RE: Election day in Australia
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OK, I fact-checked myself. The Party Party Party was real, although it only ran in one election. In the process of doing that, I came across another couple of real parties I'd never heard of before. One is the Surprise! Party, the other is the Sun-Ripened Warm Tomato Party. I kid you not.

I think our Greens are pretty much the same as yours. They pretend to have policies, but I'm not convinced they would know what to do if they actually got in. Still, sometimes it's hard to imagine they could do worse.


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RE: Election day in Australia
Ooh, the Sun Ripened Warm Tomato party sounds like a vote grabber!

I would love to feel more confident about the Greens over here (as soon I will be back to having a vote on the mainland) and possibly they couldn't be worse than BoJo. But I keep going back to a friend on Facebook complaining at the time when UKIP and the odious Garage were all over TV that the Green party leader wasn't invited to televised debates. I pointed out that, loathe Nigel Farage as I might, he put himself in a position that meant he couldn't be ignored. Personality politics might irk me, but to be heard, you kind of need to engage the public in some way. It's no good sitting on your arse moaning you don't get invited to the party when you make no effort to get anyone to want to invite you.

Anyway, this post is about your elections. I hope the winds of change blow your way, but if not I am glad to hear that there will be grace in defeat in Australia, as befits those contending to lead a nation.

Keep us updated.


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RE: Election day in Australia
Will do. Polling booths close at 6:00 pm local time, so for me, that was 2 hours ago. In Perth, they are still open for another hour. Too early yet for any noteworthy results.


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RE: Election day in Australia
Well, I will keep my fingers crossed for you.


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RE: Election day in Australia
We have a new government.

They've promised a lot of good things. Let's hope they carry through.

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