November 23rd, 2010


Working on my ballot paper

So, the time has come to get over my disinterest in state politics and figure out how to vote. It was easy enough to decide who to vote for and who to vote against, but somewhere in the middle, I need to number all the candidates for the major parties.

Just when I thought that Christian lobby group FamilyVoice Australia, of all places, had come to my aid with a handy guide to which candidates support their stone-age values, I was dismayed to find that there is no variance between candidates within each party.

I realise that party members need to band together most of the time to be effective as a government or an opposition, but I still can't help but wish there was more scope for politicians to exercise some individual choice and represent their electorates.

So, it seems I can't find out what the candidates themselves think, and even if they had any autonomy, they wouldn't be able to act on it. I guess that means I either need to pay more attention to state politics and choose a particular party, or just alternate candidates and hope for the best.

I really miss that old rule that said you could number candidates equal last (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 4).