Living in a Liberal Democracy- Voting for the Next Leaders in Australia
Today is the day in Australia that we decide who will form government at the federal (national) level for the next three years.
Elections in Australia are compulsory. Personally, I think this is a good thing. Early voting has been at an all time high – 50% have already voted prior to today.
So, my family and I voted first thing this morning at a local primary school. We turned up with our masks on, followed COVID protocols and cast our vote ie Linda, our two sons and myself. We formed our own little voting block – which the election staff were amused by. My daughter had already voted during the week as she is away at the moment.
I learnt a long time ago – we are all a lot smarter than our political overlords think we are – but, they know emotion can still rule the day.
This election has had the worst campaign I can ever recall. So, not that interesting and old fashioned mocking of the leaders. But, here’s the thing: there are 24 close seats out of 151 and that makes watching the counting of the votes tonight interesting.
We happen to be in one of the most marginal of those marginal 24 seats and so, I know that my vote has counted. No blue ribbon or red ribbon advantage here.
I understand politics very well. Afterall, I’m still in that world, even though I have tried to walk away from it many times.
From my point of view, I know many of the politicians fighting for their political future. I have had the privilege to work alongside them and also lobby them for key resources for many different communities.
As my former politics tutor, Paddy O’Brien said many years ago – we are so lucky to live in a liberal democracy, not just a democracy, but a liberal one. Voting is compulsory, but we get the whole gamut of candidates to choose from – and I think that’s a wonderful thing 😊