07 Sep

eight reasons the coalition will be at the bottom of my ballot papers today

1. I’m a woman

How any woman could vote for a party led by Tony Abbott is completely beyond me. He has consistently demonstrated that he doesn’t understand women, and I believe he is in fact sexist (or you could read his sexism as stupidity, but either way there’s a problem). It has been argued that he’s ‘only’ sexist, not a misogynist, but I’m not so sure about that.

2. I don’t care who you marry, but I do care about your right to marry

While marriage isn’t something I aspire to, I believe that everyone has the right to be married, and to marry whoever they choose.

3. The economy is really not in bad shape

Relative to other countries, we’re doing okay. The Coalition have beat up a story that tells us our economy is shot. It’s not. They’ve done an excellent job of appealing to the pervasive selfishness and greed in Australian culture.

4. If I want filtered internet access, I’ll filter it myself

Who knows what the Coalition’s plan is for internet filtering? Certainly not them. That’s not a risk I’m willing to take.

5. In this digital age, broadband is an essential utility

And the Coalition’s plan for the NBN is not a long term solution. It’s like building a two lane highway when you’re going to need eight lanes in a few years time.

6. The media blackout is not a tool for sneaking in objectionable policy

Not only did the Coalition wait until after the media blackout to release costings, they also waited til after the blackout to release a policy on internet filtering. Sneaky, dirty tactics.

7. A party that stuffs up their own policy doesn’t fill me with confidence

If we accept what we’re told, the internet filtering policy statement was an error. Whichever way you interpret their actions, neither option is good: either the Coalition attempted to sneak in objectionable policy the day before the election and retreated when they were slammed for it, or they stuffed up their own policy. I’m not sure which is worse.

8. I give a shit about people

And that’s why I’m voting Greens and preferencing Labor.

Please. Vote with a conscience. Vote in an informed way. Send a message to both of the majors that it’s time for change. Vote Greens so we can see a real shift in the primary vote, then choose the best of a bad lot to preference. Because the reality of an Abbott-led Coalition government is absolutely terrifying.

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