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#1 Laurie03

Posted 30 June 2016 - 01:54 PM

I know some people like to keep their voting private but if you are happy to share I would like to see who you are voting for and the reason behind it.  I still have no idea and I don't want to waste my vote so I would like to see some everyday folk's (like us on EB) opinion on who to vote for.  It may help some of us make a decision.

Thanks :)

#2 nicebitch

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:06 PM

I used vote compass and ended up slightly closer to the greens than the labor party. I have been divided between labor and the greens since then.

After much thought, I am planning to vote Labor followed by Greens.

#3 Ianthe

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:07 PM

I'm voting Greens.

#4 amaza

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:20 PM

I have already voted. Greens got my vote.

#5 steppy

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:21 PM

I am voting against LNP. Why? Because I can't see they've done much and I can't see them doing much good either.

Edited by steppy, 30 June 2016 - 02:22 PM.


#6 Hands Up

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:25 PM

I'm putting Labor first in the House of Reps for the first time ever (traditional LNP voter). After that I'm not sure, it's who I dislike the least. I've looked up the candidates, and it will be a toss up between Greens and Liberal for second preference and then the nutter parties (Family first, Fred Nile etc) last.

In the senate I need to do some more research. I would love to find a comprehensive list of who is left and right wing in the major parties..... does anyone have this?

Edited as I forgot to say why..... well I am completely disillusioned with the LNP who have achieved eff all in the past three years except run up an even bigger deficit. I am underwhelmed by the leaders of both parties but as I am fiscally conservative (generally) I have been paying more attention to the Treasurer of each party, and I quite like Chris Bowen. Much more so than Scott Morrison. I really liked Chris' interview with Leigh Sales this week. They just seem more coordinated in their approach to long-term structural change for the budget. Just my two cents.

Edited by Hands Up, 30 June 2016 - 02:28 PM.


#7 No Drama Please

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:25 PM

I'm another one who used an online voting tool and came out with both Greens and Labour.

I'm still trying to decide who to put first as trying to read through all the policies seems to be making me going round and round in circles. Am open minded to any bullet pointed pros and cons lists :)

#8 Fright bat

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:28 PM

I think vote compass is great, not the least of which because some of the questions actually forces you to look up issues you might not have been aware of.

I end up further right than the greens (no surprises there!) and so that's who I voted for.

The reason I vote for the greens is because I think the LNP has gone way too far right, and I don't trust them as far as I can kick them that they won't dismantle social welfare programs that the most vulnerable people in society depend on (and in that I include Medicare!!!). They are a party with economic and political policies that specifically preference the wealthy and corporations over the average Australian. And I think that as they have moved to the political right, they have dragged labor with them to such a point that I am not sure labor can be entirely trusted to do the right thing by the Australian people either.

I concede that the greens are too far left for the average Australian who is not a socialist like me - but I do think that their influence helps keeps politics in the middle. At best they are not going to win a majority government, but give them a dozen seats and they will probably keep everyone else honest. Give them a dozen seats and perhaps everyone else will realize that the Australian people don't want to see the dismantling of all our protections and safeguards.

All I hope for in the next term of government is a shift back towards the middle, where our society becomes more equitable. And I'm hoping a dozen Greens can start the process of dragging us back.

Edited by Fright bat, 30 June 2016 - 02:37 PM.


#9 Fright bat

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:30 PM

View PostHands Up, on 30 June 2016 - 02:25 PM, said:

I'm putting Labor first in the House of Reps for the first time ever (traditional LNP voter). After that I'm not sure, it's who I dislike the least. I've looked up the candidates, and it will be a toss up between Greens and Liberal for second preference and then the nutter parties (Family first, Fred Nile etc) last.

In the senate I need to do some more research. I would love to find a comprehensive list of who is left and right wing in the major parties..... does anyone have this?


Unbelievably, there are worse parties eg Rise Up Australia

This is a hilarious take on all the parties and is actually surprisingly accurate:
https://knowyourparties.wordpress.com/

#10 purplekitty

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:32 PM

Labor/Greens.
The proportion yet to be decided.

#11 Hands Up

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:37 PM

View PostFright bat, on 30 June 2016 - 02:30 PM, said:

Unbelievably, there are worse parties eg Rise Up Australia

This is a hilarious take on all the parties and is actually surprisingly accurate:
https://knowyourparties.wordpress.com/

That's hilarious, and yes, very accurate!

Luckily we don't have a Rise Up candidate in my seat, but still plenty of aholes to fight for the last spot.

#12 Jane Jetson

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:38 PM

Green for both, my conscience doesn't allow otherwise.

I used to be a rusted-on ALP voter from a rusted-on ALP family, but that went by the wayside years ago. I'm not voting for a bunch of rightish centrists who are cool with offshore detention and seem to stand less and less every year for doing anything about the excesses of capitalism, in terms of either workers' rights or its effect on the planet.

#13 annodam

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:39 PM

I already voted & tried out Compass (cannot recall whether it was before or after I voted) & the result was Labor, it's who I was going to vote for anyway, followed by the Greens as my second preference.

I'm proud to announce I'm in a safe Labor seat anyway. Unlike my dumb ass cousin, one of the safest Labor seats in the Country & he votes for TA because stopping the boats was important & climate change is a myth  - bloody f*ckwit!
Tries to pay minimal tax & is always harping on about my tax dollars this & my tax dollars that...

#14 Fright bat

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:39 PM

View PostHands Up, on 30 June 2016 - 02:37 PM, said:



That's hilarious, and yes, very accurate!

Luckily we don't have a Rise Up candidate in my seat, but still plenty of aholes to fight for the last spot.

I have friends who are planning on taking that to the polling booth, because otherwise it's actually too hard to keep all those parties straight!

#15 TheWanderer

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:40 PM

Liberal for house of reps, Labor last
Liberal then Liberal Democrats for senate

Mainly due to company / negative gearing tax.  More money in my pocket this way.

#16 mumbag

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:45 PM

I'm voting against LNP for the following reasons (not necessarily in this order):

Gay marriage plebiscite - $160 million wasted to allow hate speech and attempt to shut up the gay rights lobby, alternatively Labor have promised to introduce a marriage equality bill if they get in.

Threats to Medicare - Cuts to pathology and introduction of co-contribution (no matter how small) threatens health.  Labor have promised to protect Medicare

Lack of Gonski - Labor have committed to full funding Gonski

Threats to Higher Education - Labor have promised not to deregulate fees.

Inhumane treatment of refugees - Labor are almost as bad in this area.

Inhumane welfare policies

Pathetic NBN - so much for innovation

Insipid emissions reduction targets - Labor slightly better

So that leaves me voting Greens with preferenced Labor above LNP.

#17 Mrs Claus

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:45 PM

I voted for Derryn Hinch because he has proven in the past he is prepared to put his money where his mouth is.

Locally I voted Liberal. In the last 45yrs my seat has been won by a liberal candidate every election but 1. I figure it's inevitable so why fight it? Also I believe our liberal candate has done a lot for our region so I'm happy for him to stay in

#18 Hands Up

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:48 PM

View PostMrs Lannister, on 30 June 2016 - 02:45 PM, said:


Locally I voted Liberal. In the last 45yrs my seat has been won by a liberal candidate every election but 1. I figure it's inevitable so why fight it? Also I believe our liberal candate has done a lot for our region so I'm happy for him to stay in

My seat has been LNP since the dawn of time (ok, since the seat was created) but if previous rusted on LNP voters like DH and I are voting for other parties, there might just be others like us. Big swings do happen.........

#19 purplekitty

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:49 PM

View PostMrs Lannister, on 30 June 2016 - 02:45 PM, said:

I voted for Derryn Hinch because he has proven in the past he is prepared to put his money where his mouth is.


Despite never having voted himself and had any contribution to the democratic process he now wants to use.

#20 Fright bat

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:50 PM

View PostMrs Lannister, on 30 June 2016 - 02:45 PM, said:

I voted for Derryn Hinch because he has proven in the past he is prepared to put his money where his mouth is.

Locally I voted Liberal. In the last 45yrs my seat has been won by a liberal candidate every election but 1. I figure it's inevitable so why fight it? Also I believe our liberal candate has done a lot for our region so I'm happy for him to stay in

SPOILER ALERT FOR GOT




You know, your name is incredibly apt. I reckon if Cersei were to vote in the Austraian election (apart from blow everyone else up with wildfire and take it all for herself) she'd be likely to vote very similarly to you. ETA - Derryn Hinch is rather a lot like Joffrey, isn't he? I wouldn't mind a modern day Olenna getting involved in his ongoing well being.

Edited by Fright bat, 30 June 2016 - 02:52 PM.


#21 Mrs Claus

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:56 PM

View Postpurplekitty, on 30 June 2016 - 02:49 PM, said:

Despite never having voted himself and had any contribution to the democratic process he now wants to use.

That may be the case but out of all of them, he seems the most likely to actually stick to what he promised and not turn around and say 'sucked in- now I'm in charge I'm just gunna do what I want' which is what the others all do.

#22 purplekitty

Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:59 PM

View PostMrs Lannister, on 30 June 2016 - 02:56 PM, said:

That may be the case but out of all of them, he seems the most likely to actually stick to what he promised and not turn around and say 'sucked in- now I'm in charge I'm just gunna do what I want' which is what the others all do.
I'm fairly certain he will use his parliamentary privilege for his antipaedophile agenda and name people.
I dislike it being used in this way.

#23 IamtheMumma

Posted 30 June 2016 - 03:03 PM

Green with Labor preferences.

#24 Mrs Claus

Posted 30 June 2016 - 03:08 PM

View Postpurplekitty, on 30 June 2016 - 02:59 PM, said:


I'm fairly certain he will use his parliamentary privilege for his antipaedophile agenda and name people.
I dislike it being used in this way.

That's exactly what I'm hoping for

#25 Fright bat

Posted 30 June 2016 - 03:14 PM

View PostMrs Lannister, on 30 June 2016 - 03:08 PM, said:

That's exactly what I'm hoping for

Because that's worked so well in the US. Mostly its teenage kids having consensual underage sex who end up on the register.




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