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"I for one welcome our insect overlords" - The Politics Thread

FFC Mariner

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I applied for a postal as I plan to be out of my electorate on polling day. Trip from Lisarow to Bunnings in W Gos - hey ho, out of my electorate.
No one cares I reckon
 

pjennings

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I applied for a postal as I plan to be out of my electorate on polling day. Trip from Lisarow to Bunnings in W Gos - hey ho, out of my electorate.
No one cares I reckon
I did the same but it still hasn't arrived. So I prepolled yesterday taking my elderly father-in-law. 20 mins before close. Easy as
 

Capn Gus Bloodbeard

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The Libs could put up a steaming pile of dog turd in Bradfield, and it would still win by a landslide.
Same with Kooyong - Frydenberg's seat, yet there's a far chance he'll be ousted for an Independent. Which would be incredible - one of the original seats in Vic, and always held by the Liberals (or one of their predecessors).
 

Insertnamehere

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Do you have to prove why you are voting early, never voted before. I have seen the list for reasons you can vote early and I don't have any reason just wanted to get it out of way before the crowds arrive. Thanks in advance.
So I just voted. They ask if youre allowed to vote early. She said to me, say yes. I said yes. But there's a few reasons if they ask. Just say you're a silent voter.
 
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midfielder

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Actually being in a swing seat that has mostly gone to the party winning government meaning your vote really counts..
 

pjennings

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me thanks a murdoch royal commission ain't far away !
I think it might be a bit wider than that. If they target Murdoch it makes him the victim. I would think they may well be a RC into the way media in general has skewed. There is no such think as news (public information) any more - only opinion. This includes the 'banter' between newsreaders which often strays into opinion.

I think there needs to be a largish annual license fee for media players (depending on there size and whether they are part of a larger conglomerate) that increases exponentially after an annual review when there is a clear sign of bias or when opinion masquerades as news.

A couple of years of increasing fees should bring us a more balanced reporting or encourage the increasing fee recipients to move elsewhere
 

Man Overboard

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I think there needs to be a largish annual license fee for media players (depending on there size and whether they are part of a larger conglomerate) that increases exponentially after an annual review when there is a clear sign of bias or when opinion masquerades as news.
If anyone has ever tried to lodge a complaint about bias with the Communications Minister you get directed to ACMA, the 'self regulator' for media outlets. Its a joke.

To be devil's advocate, wouldn't your bias-based fee increase send the ABC broke? lol
 

pjennings

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Interesting story on Cathy McGowan on Australia Story - the original independent in Indi. She is working with a number of community independent candidates.

The two points I found interesting
1) If the ALP were in power and the community was upset there seats would be the ones targeted; and
2) They don't necessarily have to win to be successful. Making a safe seat marginal means the community can't get ignored.

The other part that was eye-opening was the number of regional safe seats (similar to Indi) being targeted.
 

Melange

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The other part that was eye-opening was the number of regional safe seats (similar to Indi) being targeted.

Really good point she made there too. If they target safe seats and make them marginal, the seat is more likely to get government money down the track cause, as she said, they throw all they $ at the marginal seats.
 

booney

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Interesting story on Cathy McGowan on Australia Story - the original independent in Indi. She is working with a number of community independent candidates.

The two points I found interesting
1) If the ALP were in power and the community was upset there seats would be the ones targeted; and
2) They don't necessarily have to win to be successful. Making a safe seat marginal means the community can't get ignored.

The other part that was eye-opening was the number of regional safe seats (similar to Indi) being targeted.
McGowan's win was so good -the Coalition member was Sophie Mirabella who was an absolute piece of s..t
 

Man Overboard

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I voted yesterday and discovered a way to deter the spruikers who foist unwanted How to Vote flyers.
I prepared an ordered list of candidates and where I would preference them in both houses. When approached by a spruiker, I just waved my folded piece of paper at them and they didnt bother me.

BTW, unfortunately the Affordable Housing Party cant contest this election [late last year Libs and Labour voted to triple the required number of party members to qualify-they came close but not quite}.
 
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