Several people have asked me who to vote for. I was going to write a longer explanation, maybe give you some evidence, but I don’t have time and they won’t postpone the election for me. But I figure that if you’ve asked me who to vote for you probably don’t care much for the explanation. So here’s how to vote tomorrow:
You get two forms. One for the House of Representatives and one for the Senate.
Vote for the Greens in both.
The House of Reps form will have about 6-8 candidates and you put your numbers in order of preference. Depending on where you live will depend on whose names are on that piece of paper. Chances are, your local member is a dingus – just accept that fact.
Now, to numbers on the pieces of paper. Put a ‘1’ next to your Greens candidate. Maybe the Sex Party as number 2. (They’ve got good policies – but they don’t have to have them costed.) Numbers 3 onwards you can do what you like with. But please, don’t be tricked by the name of ‘Family First’. They’re akin to a cult. Put them near the bottom of your list. You have to put a number in every box for your vote to count so don’t fuck it up.
The Senate form in Victoria is huge this election. I’d love you all to vote below the line, but with 90+ boxes to fill in, I appreciate that you’re going to take the option of just putting a ‘1’ in any box above the line. PLEASE, put that ‘1’ in the box with your Greens candidate. Senate seats are easier for politicians to obtain (because of a long and complicated system that I won’t bore you with).
We need to have as many Greens Senators as possible to hold these bastards to account. If either Abbott or KDudd have power in both the House of Reps and the Senate, they can get everything approved. If the Greens have enough seats in the Senate, they can at least block some of the horrific bills these pricks are proposing.
I know a lot of people who vote with the same party that they have always voted for. That makes about as much sense to me as staying with an abusive partner because they've always been your partner. Don't be loyal to people who aren't loyal to you. And my friends, neither Abbott or Rudd have any loyalty to you. I promise.
Normally I would say vote for anyone but Abbott, but this election is different. If you’re asking me who to vote for, then I am going to be explicit:
Vote for the Greens.
I will give a short summation why: You are probably a decent person who doesn’t want to fuck over innocent people. In a variety of ways, both Rudd (aka: Labor, ALP) and Abbott (aka: Coalition / Liberal / LNP) intend on doing this. The ways in which they intend to do this will affect some more than others. But regardless, on principle, you shouldn’t like them. But if you don’t give a shit about what they do to other people, let me put it into perspective: these guys are happy to compromise children’s lives for your vote.
I wish I was exaggerating. I am not.
They are taking $4.5bn of aid money to give $6.8bn extra into paying rich women to stay home and with their kids and another $6bn on roads. Children die but we get new roads. They are spending more to persecute asylum seekers than it would cost to resettle them here and have them become tax-paying citizens - it's as though they get personal satisfaction out of being awful human beings. Rudd and Abbott would take your first-born if it improved their popularity. They might not have done anything to you yet, but that’d be like dating the guy who treated his last five girlfriends like shit and thinking he’s going to be different to you.
People without morals don’t suddenly develop them, even for you. Judge these guys by how they treat the vulnerable and then vote accordingly (handy hint: Vote Green).
Speaking of money, there’s a pretty big myth that Abbott’s gang are better with it. That’s a huge lie. Australia’s economy is pretty much the strongest in the Western world. We’re doing more than fine. As much as I detest the guy, Rudd managed the global financial crisis spectacularly well. So well that you didn’t really notice it. Don’t vote Liberal if you’re wanting stronger fiscal management. The guy that will be the treasurer can barely count (again, I am not actually exaggerating - he was sweating so much trying to announce his costings yesterday you'd have thought he was in a Bikram yoga studio).
Now, I need to speak to the issue of gay marriage. Rudd’s scamming you. BIG TIME.
Yes, I support marriage equality – I detest that we can sit around talking about Australia being some sort of egalitarian country when it still has institutionalised discrimination against people because of who they love. I think it’s great that Rudd has changed his mind.
But you see, I don’t know that he has. He hasn’t promised to legislate gay marriage, he’s promised to take it to the party. Let the members vote. The last time the ALP did this it didn’t get up. A lot of ALP members are still against gay marriage. If Rudd was being serious, he would make it party policy. Members of the Labor Party aren’t allowed to cross the floor in parliament. What that means is that if marriage equality was the formal Labor platform, members would HAVE to vote in favour of a bill regardless of whether they personally supported it. Rudd ain’t doing that. He’s giving you the impression that’s what’s going to happen; he’s capitalising on the fact that most people don’t know the technicalities of this process.
Voting for Rudd will not see marriage equality legislated. (But he is more ahead on the issue than Abbott.)
That’s my quick spiel. Take home message:
Vote Greens as number ‘1’ in both houses. PLEASE.