Australia’s Election Madness

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As the election booths close, I can’t help but breathe a sigh of relief.

As you probably know (who couldn’t, with election posters plastered on every stoby pole from here to Woop Woop), Australia is in the throes of voting for a party to run the country for the next four years. For the last six weeks, the election has been the topic on everybody’s lips. Perhaps it has something to do with the ridiculous game of switcheroo that has been played on the front bench over the last few years, but people are getting very heated about which of the two daggy dad’s should lead Australia.

My Facebook feed has been filled with people angrily telling people why they should vote for one party or another. Gone are the days where it was polite to keep your voting preferences to yourself. Apparently the trend now is to shame people for voting differently to you, or aggressively tell people how wrong they are. For example:

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Another popular Facebook theme today is encouraging people to vote. An admirable sentiment in theory. However, the preferred method of persuasion is posting a picture of a dog wearing an “I Voted” sticker. I voted of my own accord this morning, but had I not, I doubt a picture of a dog would’ve changed my mind. But good on people for trying…
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I plan to steer clear of Facebook for the rest of the weekend – because I’m sure that tomorrow it will be filled with rants and personal attacks on whomever wins – and instead wait until my parents return from their ‘voting party’ (yes, they are attending a voting party – though I suspect they are going for the party, not the voting) to find out who has come out on top in this dogfight. Hopefully by Monday, things will have calmed down, and it will once again be acceptable to hold a different opinion to other people!

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