We voted on our way to Saturday shopping in Prahran. Most of the voters were walk ups as there was no problem parking the car. But the queue was very long. It is the first time I have experienced, and with subsequent knowledge perhaps the first time it has been done, but the booth was catering for two electorates, Melbourne Ports and Higgins. There was a feeling of chaos about the whole thing. Maybe it would have better to employ the folk who were employed to organise the queue as people who were issuing ballot papers and marking names off the list. In spite of a very large number of voting before polling day, the Australian Electoral Commission seems to have failed badly at this election, with some booths running out of ballot papers, others for six minutes after opening issuing the wrong ballot papers and complaints about long queues like I have never heard before, with people via media and friends saying the went to the voting booths three times and then left because the queue was too long. From arriving at the booth to exiting, it took 25 minutes for us. Only one before have we spent longer at a voting booth. I wanted to pre poll, but R said no, we will do it on the day, and then regretted it. I was lucky. While the cardboard voting booths looked tiny to me, I dodged in front of an old and frail disabled person and got the wide and low booth with a seat, and filled the metre wide Senate ballot paper. It still went up the sides of the voting booth. What ever happened to those decently sized plywood voting booths? There were more complaints about the writing being too small and faint.
Sister sat behind a desk at a polling booth and Face Booked at about 3pm, it is dead quiet so come and vote now.
Never mind the democracy sausage, we could have nearly done our weekly shopping at the market stalls at the voting booth, there were so many stalls but we bought nothing as we were out to do our weekly shopping and have breakfast first in the Prahran Market courtyard.
Famous Bearded Media Person Neighbour has now become Famous Bearded Senator Neighbour. Whatever you may think of him, he is always so pleasant and charming and stops for a chat. A night or two before the election we saw him in the lift and he said that he really did not think initially he had a chance of being elected, among other things he said. He was with I expect his campaign manager, as I saw the same person in the background on tv, and again today when we saw him in the lift once more. We offered our hearty congratulations to him, and sincerely. We may or may not have voted for him, but on a personal level, we like him.
As for the election result, Malcolm promised things to the right wing of his party to become Prime Minister. These were things he did not believe in but was beholden to his party. Had Malcolm been allowed his head, he would have become Prime Minister with a resounding victory.
For me it kind of boiled down to tax cuts for big business, a slow privatisation of our not so bad medical system, nothing for the environment, a plebiscite on same sex marriage when it should just be legislation passed, a reduction in pay to the lowest paid, some union bashing and worker entitlement reductions and little to cope with a fast growing population.
Labor offered a crackdown on benefits to rich people's superannuation, a crackdown on negative gearing, some very positive infrastructure spending, but best of all, fibre internet to the home rather than the node to the end of your street.
I did not believe former Prime Minister Gillard when she said she did not believe in same sex marriage and I was proved right. I did not believe Malcolm as Communication Minister in a former government and who made some of him millions from his internet provider company Ozemail, when he proposed fibre to the node rather than fibre to home. That was where he lost me.
While I used to not mind Turnbull he is now in my eyes, a very weak person for not standing up to his party and saying, we do it my way or not at all.
Brexit happened because lazy young people in Britain did not get off their phones and go out and vote, and now they complain about the result and how old people voted. A week or so later after the Brexit vote, the world has not collapsed and the English residents of the European Costa del Sol have not been put in quarantine camps.
There is serious issue here of young people not being enrolled to vote here in Australia. It is up to them to enroll but I think it is law that they must. It is not enforced and the government has all their records from birth to Social Security to Medicare. Why aren't they automatically enrolled?
To those who are troubled by Brexit, take note, almost one fifth of our state of Queensland voted first for Pauline Hanson and she is about is to become a Senator in the Australian parliament. While I dislike her in the extreme and much of what she says and I remember the awful impression of she gave of Australia in the past, do take note politicians. Australians accept immigration and a growing population, but not to the extreme and both need to be managed carefully and not upset the horses.
To wrap with something lighter, respected SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin yesterday tweeted, "I wish a 'hung parliament' was as sexy as it sounds".
This is an off the cuff post, without review and sorry for the graammer and spellling.