Never have I been more embarrassed to be in my age group. On insight tonight, they got a bunch of Gen Yers from Moreton to talk about politics. They were idiotic, didn’t know or care about what they were talking about, and wouldn’t have their minds swayed (or would have their minds swayed but wouldn’t know why). I’ll link the transcript when they have it available. The terrible thing about it really was that neither party’s policies were discussed much at all. I decided I’d look things up on the respective Labor and Liberal websites.
The labor website is nice enough, with the very first thing I see their key selling points. The list here’s pretty much cut-and-paste:
The liberal website has a lot of video on it, and a lot of it is pretty irrelevant. I don’t care what other Australians think of Liberal, I want what you’re actually going to do. Eventually I got to a fluffy page which talked more about the past than the future. Unfortunately, I can’t cut-and-paste here:
Yeah I really couldn’t actually pick any policies, despite all the shit videos they have flying around, and the stuff Howard puts on that page, there’s no actual things he’s going to do. I think the plan is that they’ll put this stuff on the page later, but it’s not there now.
Now, everyone knows you’re not voting for a party, or a leader. You’re voting for a dude who represents you in federal parliament (lower house), and another dude who represents you in the senate. My federal member is Brendan Nelson for the libs or Victoria Brookman. At first sight, Nelson’s page is a lot more flash, with talk about what his dad said to him when he was a kid.
Nelson is a doctor, which makes him smart, but also a prick. The site also notes that random stuff is being done in Bradfield. The area is a very safe liberal seat (17.6%), and Brendan Nelson (Minister for Defense) has held the seat since '96 (when Howard got elected). Bradfield is one of the most affluent electorates in Australia. Basically, the guy reminds me of Matt Damon’s character in The Departed. I’d also like to take this time to say “Matt Damon”.
As a result, the labor candidate for Bradfield is pretty weak. She’s a 22 year old activist doing Psychology. So I’m wondering whether to vote for her considering she’s in a similar position to a certain commissar friend of mine. I’m afraid my vote’s going to waste either way. Clearly having a marginal seat gives you tons of free shit. Bradfield is dumb-arsed for not realising this. The greens member is a software designer (whatever that means). It even has her mobile number. Sweet. I guess I’ll vote for her.
Anyway, coming back to the Australia-wide debate, I have some concerns...
Concerns about Labor:
Concerns about Liberal:
I should look into the senate some more.