I know we’re all completely sick of talking and hearing about politics, so I’ll try to keep this brief.
Polling booths aren’t exactly accessible for people who aren’t normies (non disabled) and as such I do a postal vote every time. That way I can take my time and do it properly without fear of abuse from fellow impatient voters. It’s too late to apply for a postal vote now, but you can find the info here for next time.
This time around when it came to the senate ballot, I decided to number all seventy three boxes below the line. It proved to be quite an arduous task; but after the five or so hours it took me to complete, I realised it was worth it. Just reading through the candidates, I realised just how diverse our nations politicians can be. I did not agree with the objectives of many of the parties. In fact, I do not equate the ethos from these parties with Australian ethics, even human ethics. Some made me quite angry and sad. But I’m not going to name names, that’s not why I’m writing this. As I was learning about the different parties and candidates I didn’t know of or understand, I began to realise how much liberty and free speech we have in this country. The same political and legal respect and tolerance that allows xenophobic parties to have a voice also allows the repressed, disadvantaged and disenfranchised to speak up. In that moment I realised how important my vote is.
Weather you vote above or below the line doesn’t matter. The point is; this is your chance to have your say into how this country is run. Unfortunately there are too many countries on this planet where certain aspects of humanity are taboo and/or illegal. And sometimes speaking up about those very injustices is a crime. In Australia there is still much work to be done in terms of social and policy reform, but we at least have a voice. The rest is up to us.