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23 November 2007 @ 09:21 pm
"I have now an allergy to your policies it seems"  
I was hoping to write a longer post about this (and more explanatory, for people overseas who probably have no idea about our political system/current political situation), but in brief: I am extremely excited about tomorrow's Federal Election. After 11 years of the Liberal party and John Howard as Prime Minister, it is time for a new leader.

I am desperately backing Kevin Rudd, leader of the Australian Labour Party, which is slightly more left wing than the Liberal party. Between John Howard's agreement to send Australian troops to Iraq as part of the Coalition, refusal to sign the Kyoto protocol (being the only other first-world country besides the USA to refuse to sign it), industrial reforms regarding Work Choices (meaning that employees rights were/will be decreased), refusal to apologise to the stolen generation of aboriginals, his appalling treatment of refugees and illegal immigrants... this country is ready for a change. Wait. This country needs a change.

Tomorrow is our country's Federal Election, and for the first time in 11 years, there is a serious possibility that there will be a change of government, one which I believe will be for the better. I have hoped for a change in previous elections, but this is the first time that there has been a really serious contendor for leadership. This is the closest an election race has been, and the opinion polls have been extremely tight. I honestly believe that Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister can only be a positive thing, and that another 3 years of Howard will drive down this country's morale. No, the Labour Party is not perfect, but what political party is? But it can't be worse than what has already been done.

If John Howard gets back in as Prime Minister tomorrow night, I will be incredibly disillusioned and heartbroken. I am going to be watching the election count on TV tomorrow night (as well as keeping up with online updates), and desperately hoping that Labour will get the seats they need to take over as government.

To quote Kerry O'Brien from this fantastic interview with John Howard on Tuesday night: One of the things you would judge a government by would ethics, I would have thought
meimnaut on November 23rd, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
If JH is re-elected Im not coming home!
annegirl: patriotenchantedmoon on November 23rd, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
I hope the Australian election is the beginning of a political change that will sweep the world. Okay, so I really just want Americans to be smart enough to shut out Mr. Howard's BFFs, the Republican party. Go Mr. Rudd!
    scarlet's walk: alp: kevin 07kisstheviolets on November 23rd, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
oh god, I hope so too. I have been keeping an eye on news of the US campaigns, and I am horribly worried about the Republicans getting voted back in next year. I remember being so disillusioned in 2004, and I hope that both this election in Australia, and next year's US election, will change that.
winterswitchery on November 23rd, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
I was listening to NPR, and while I know nothing about the election there, they did say that Howard has claimed that he will step down in 18 months if re elected. Hoping that he does not get back in for your sake, if that does happen I hope he keeps his word.
    scarlet's walk: kevin for prime ministerkisstheviolets on November 23rd, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the guy who will take over, Peter Costello, is almost worse than Howard... another reason not to vote Howard back in, as it means that eventually Costello will take over as PM.. and I shudder to think of that.

winterswitchery on November 24th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
See that's the bit I missed :) I had heard it while driving and thought of you. Well I know it's horrid and but if it does happen please do not feel TOO MUCH dispair :( I felt angry and depressed after our last election and its really just too much.
    scarlet's walk: alp: kevin 07kisstheviolets on November 24th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
*hugs* I will try and keep my head up, no matter what the outcome is... or maybe me & Noel will move to Canada & be your new neighbours ;) j/k
winterswitchery on November 24th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
I think you'd like our PM less ;)
Full-Pronged Fury!!!!: Cactuarangerfork on November 23rd, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
How do the elections work out there? Is it simple majority vote or is it split up into vote totals by state/territory/etc as it is out here?

Our system out here, the Electoral College, really needs someone to just give it a brutal faceplant.
Effortlessly Controversialmoonborn on November 23rd, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Kevin 07! Anybody but Johnny!
Little Johnny tried to effectively implement an Electoral College in the instance of us ever coming a republic, a few years back - he wanted our politicians to vote for the to-be president. It effectively sculled all chances of that movement ever passing vote with with the public.
    scarlet's walk: kevin for prime ministerkisstheviolets on November 23rd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
It is split up into electorates - a party has to have the majority of seats in the Upper House to take control of the government (there are 150 seats, I think that each electorate = 1 seat). The electorates are divided up by location, eg, so in my state there are 11 electorates in total). So a party could "win" by the popular vote, ie, a majority of voters, but if they don't have enough electorates (ie, that particular party has won that electorate), it means they don't win the election. I think in a way it is quite similar to the US electoral system, in that it's not just numbers, but division of numbers in the right places. Which is a bit scary, because it appears that Rudd and the Labour Party would win if it was a majority vote, but if they can't get a majority of the electorates, then they won't win after all.

Ugh, I hope that made sense. I'm terrible when it comes to explaining any of this, I'm still trying to get my head around it :\
winterswitchery on November 24th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
That sounds like how it happens in Canada except I don't know much about it. I know that they vote for their party and the majority party gets the PM. I put it in a very rough and probably inaccurate way and a kind more informed Canadian could tell you better. Since I'm kind of a new one lol
petalapetala on November 24th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Go seat of Deakin!!! I've all fingers and toes crossed. :D
you got you a fast horse darlin': kevin in 07thebluebells on November 24th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
I have been listening to T. all morning and I am teary listening to the "everyone knows" improv from Chicago. *sniffles* If anything REALLY exciting happens (like a massive swing in Bennelong :D) can you text me? I'll be at the concert between 7:30 - 9:30pm.

Love you! xxxx
Felicityi_am_she on November 24th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
Looks like you're getting your wish! :-)

I told Andy, "Now we can move to Australia." For a long time, he's resisted the idea because of Mr Howard. His response? "If Obama wins in the US, we could move there!" Just somewhere warm, please.
jessicasea__secret on November 30th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
was glad to read the outcome of this! i didn't even KNOW they were going to send aussie troops to iraq?? god this war is messed up. i need to read more on international politics. thanks for all the info.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on November 30th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
yeah, we've had troops in Iraq ever since the war began in 2003, despite mass public protest. But the good news is our new PM is planning to withdraw the troops in stages until they are all out, hopefully by mid-2008.