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today is vote day.

i didn't vote today, just as i didn't vote last time, and the time before that.

throughout my friends list, i see a lot of fine people hoping that john howard and the coalition are beaten with bats and thrown out of parliament, and left as bloody, shitty stains on the grass. if i had money, i'd probably put it on that outcome, as well as the retirement of howard, but i wouldn't put much cash on it, since i'm a terrible gambler. if asked (and it's my blog, so lets assume i am) i'd say the reason for the change will be simply that the australian public decides, every three or so terms, that it's time for someone new, and goes with that. how else can you justify the removal of one party to be replaced by a party that, outside superficial features, looks pretty much identical to the party voted back in?

bill hicks, the comedian who died in the 90s, once said, in describing politics in america, that it was basically describe as "i think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs. i think the puppet on the left is more to my liking... hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding up both puppets!"

it's a fair enough description of australian politics, i think. whatever happens tonight, nothing much will change.

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joey_j0jo
Oct. 9th, 2004 02:11 am (UTC)
Personally I think JOhn Howard's going to win again this time, and next election he'll lose.
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2004 03:23 am (UTC)
yeah, having had a look at the polls, i got to agree. lucky i don't gamble--i got to be the unluckiest bastard on the planet.

howard will retire after a fourth term, i think.
ironed_orchid
Oct. 9th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
my very pessimistic prediction
Howard will talk about retiring before teh next election then the polls will show that people might not vote for Costello or Abbot or anyone else who want's the leadership, and we'll have Howard until he carks it.

Scratch that, you'll have Howard and I'll have a high paying research job in Germany or some other overseas location where they still spend money on higher education. Yeah.
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: my very pessimistic prediction
shit, i don't think i can handle another term right now of howard. (i was marginally more willing to endure latham, but not enough to vote for labor, as the party isn't what i want either--though, it appears that they picked up the local seat anyway.) but yes: i'm thinking i can't handle another three or four years of howard.

germany looks good. maybe we could all form a nice little art community.
ironed_orchid
Oct. 9th, 2004 03:49 am (UTC)
Re: my very pessimistic prediction
Givent aht you admit to not voting, I have very little sympathy for you at this point in time. I'd etter go downstairs and watch Kerry O'Brien and see how bad it is...

Next time I may have to move to a marginal seat.
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2004 03:58 am (UTC)
Re: my very pessimistic prediction
yeah, people always tell me they have very little sympathy for me. it's fair enough, but i won't vote in the two party preferred system, which supports a status quo that does not recognise my voice.

in many ways, i am an unhappy man with politics, but i have my stand. my point for me. i make it as it is, contradictions and faults and everything else. guess i just figure that there's nothing else i can do, though people will argue otherwise. (there's no need to argue otherwise. just saying.)

anyhow: i'll give you my sympathy, anyhow, since it looks like latham is about to offically concede.
ironed_orchid
Oct. 9th, 2004 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: my very pessimistic prediction
I know people who didn't vote but did hand out "how to vote cards" in 2001. Most of them enrolled this year. I do get where you're coming from, I didn't enroll until 1996.
ironed_orchid
Oct. 9th, 2004 03:29 am (UTC)
the reason for the change will be simply that the australian public decides, every two or three years, that it's time for someone new,

Um, maybe if you'd written every 3-4 terms I'd be agreeing with you. But sadly, we tend to change govts every 10 or more years. (Although the shortness of Whitlam's term probably throws out the average).

I also will be very surprised if Latham gets in. I think your friends list, much like mine, reflect the views of the people you associate with and not the views of the Australian public at large.
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2004 03:39 am (UTC)
opps. typo there. fixed, thanks.

yeah, my friends list reveals a bunch of arts orientated, politically world view people, which is the labour vote. but at any rate, it's all pretty much over, i think.
bodhichitta0
Oct. 9th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
U.S. has a little over a month left before elections. I understand your decision not to vote and how you came to it. I guess I am... I'm not going to find the right word here, maybe a romantic? Or an idealist? Women worked so hard for the vote in our country that there is just no way I could not vote. Also, I grew up with Democratic parents who grew up in the Great Depression who whispered FDR's name in awe--the man who put people back to work (we all know that was really World War II, but my parents aren't history scholars). I still hope on some level that the candidate I choose will do some of what he says. And I know that is incredibly naive.
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