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Oct. 10th, 2004

My faith in democracy has not been restored.

And yet, if I were to punch John Howard, *I* would be the one to be charged.

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vorex
Oct. 10th, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
It's not democracy's fault that Australians would rather have a man they know lies to them than a man they know little about.

My faith in democracy is fine, it's my feeling that I shared the nation with people who were at least nominally intelligent that is heading towards the door marked 'exit'.
miss_rynn
Oct. 10th, 2004 04:18 am (UTC)
Apparently, a whole lot of voting forms were filled out incorrectly. So either Australians have become suddenly incapable of following simple instructions (just like the Californians, it would seem), or a whole lot of people threw their votes. Now, if they purposely donkey voted, the question is why? Was it because they couldn't be bothered, or because they couldn't decide?

Or was it just stupidity?
vorex
Oct. 10th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC)
I had not heard that.

Either way it doesn't exactly fill me with enthusiasm about the intelligence of the electorate. I mean, really, we can't count to 10 now?

Honestly the best analysis of the whole thing I've seen so far was this.
miss_rynn
Oct. 10th, 2004 04:28 am (UTC)
Mmmm - accurate political commentary.

I never thought I'd say it, but it's one of those times where I hope the US gets off its red-neck ass and vote Bush out so I can move back over there - I mean, really. If ANY not-Bush gets voted in, I'd consider jumping ship.
vorex
Oct. 10th, 2004 04:34 am (UTC)
Well we can at least hope that if Bush gets voted out then Howard will feel the need to resign because he can't be quite as much as a doormat for the opposition.

Yeah, I know, I'm reaching for the silver lining ...
arcanumveritas
Oct. 10th, 2004 05:40 am (UTC)
http://vtr.aec.gov.au/NationalTotal-12246.htm

...
FORMAL 9,877,057 94.82 -0.36
INFORMAL 540,078 5.18% +0.36

... I remember back about 3 Federal elections ago and informal was over 8% ...

this is not a large percentage for ppl not filling out thier forms ...
arcanumveritas
Oct. 10th, 2004 06:06 am (UTC)
I think the truely scarey thing is that all of these add up to informal and ...

Democrats 115,890 1.17 -4.24
One Nation 113,352 1.15 -3.19
CDP Christian Party 61,124 0.62 +0.02
CLP - The Territory Party 34,300 0.35 +0.03
Citizens Electoral Council 34,520 0.35 +0.19
liberals for forests 6,459 0.07 -0.07
No GST 6,338 0.06 -0.06
Save the ADI Site Party 3,045 0.03 -0.02
Progressive Labour Party 3,246 0.03 -0.01
Lower Excise Fuel and Beer Party 1,691 0.02 -0.02
HEMP 667 0.01 -0.02
Non-Custodial Parents Party 952 0.01 +0.00
The Fishing Party 1,937 0.02 +0.01
Outdoor Recreation Party 2,827 0.03 +0.03
DLP - Democratic Labor Party 1,064 0.01 +0.01
Ex-Service, Service & Veterans Party 3,468 0.04 +0.04
New Country Party 7,978 0.08 +0.08
Nuclear Disarmament Party 274 0.00 +0.00
Socialist Alliance 11,951 0.12 +0.12
The Aged and Disability Pensioners Party 193 0.00 +0.00
The Great Australians 2,296 0.02 +0.02
Independent 236,200 2.39 -0.32
Non Affiliated 4,656 0.05 -0.14

add for all the hype about minor parties getting a bigger share ...

The Nationals 575,736 5.83 +0.22
Democrats 115,890 1.17 -4.24
The Greens 686,427 6.95 +1.99
One Nation 113,352 1.15 -3.19
Family First 196,826 1.99 +1.99
Independent 236,200 2.39 -0.32

the major ones got more votes overall ...

Australian Labor Party 3,773,531 38.21 +0.37
Liberal 3,990,109 40.40 +3.32
punk_rock_nerd
Oct. 10th, 2004 05:02 am (UTC)
I'm personally cheering on Gore now.

Because it amuses me that an AMERICAN is suing the Australian Government for following in Bush's footsteps. *snickers*

News here Gore sues Australia? So funny.
miss_rynn
Oct. 10th, 2004 05:11 am (UTC)
Woohoo! Go Gore!
_musashi
Oct. 10th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
gore for oz presidence!
morgan303
Oct. 10th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
He has a mandate from the People, which allows him to punch every one of us, every day for the next three years. And his arms are long...

Punching Liberal voters, though, that's something you could concievably get away with...
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