I’d prepared almost an entire post about how I didn’t know who to vote for. I even did up a pros and cons table based on what I cared about. The worst thing I found with this election* is that I couldn’t choose a side and agree with all of their policies….I was thinking about voting Greens but there are some of their policies I definitely don’t agree with. I usually vote Liberal and for the past three elections haven’t had to think about it, I just did. Why? I’m not sure. I’m pretty conservative I guess and everything seemed to be cruising along alright. As I blogged about at the time I was slightly shocked to find that the Government can actually change! I didn’t vote for Labor!! Why are they in power!
I was still so undecided while I locked my bike up and dawdled into the enormous line. Bill Shorten was doing his thing and chatting up all the voters while they queued and I had a quick chat to him. I said I was still undecided between Labor and Greens and he was pretty good to talk to although the number of times he said the word ‘real’ was disconcerting. So the chat combined with the fact I was already leaning towards Labor made up my mind. I voted Labor.
I feel so dirty. The man says it doesn’t matter who I vote for. One vote is not going to change anything. Of course I ignored him which I why I found it so hard to make up my mind.
I found the whole marketing of the different parties very interesting. I’m sure it’s because I’m older now, but I seem to have become a bit of an election geek. Although I still don’t know much! To be honest I don’t know the nitty gritty of each parties policies so I was probably influenced heavily by how they were presented by the media (incl. social media). There was a lot of talk about how this election was more like a presidential election, where you are voting for a person. I won’t lie, one of the main reasons I couldn’t vote Liberal was Tony Abbott. Maybe they had good policies? But whatever they were, they weren’t as obvious to me as Labor and the Greens policies were. All I could see was Tony making an enormous goose of himself (and the party).
I know a lot of people don’t talk about who they vote for. I’m not really sure why that is. I just don’t know enough about politics or sadly even current affairs to be able to debate one way or another so I don’t really mind people knowing who I gave my vote to. Just because I voted Labor this time doesn’t mean I will next time. Some people I know are staunch supporters of one party but I’m happy to be a swing voter. Be interesting to see the outcome because just about all my mates are voting Greens!
* this may have always been the case but I never cared this much before