With less than two months to the election, have you decided who to vote for? Even more, are you going to vote?
The first question I want you to ask yourself, do you know your Member of Parliament?
Alright, do you know who else wants to represent you and your electorate?
Now that you know who to talk to in your electorate, check out the parties. Which party do you like? Will that party work well with the candidate you’re backing in your electorate?
If you have ignored those last few questions, let me tell you, it isn't too late to make a difference. And by taking a little bit of time to review those questions could help.
With more people voting means that we have a better represented country. Your voice can be heard, but only if you cast your vote.
Voter turnout was low last time and that resulted in a tight government, nearly 50/50, we could have had three years where nothing happened, it could have stalled our country, cost the country for nothing.
Voter turnout can still be improved.
Enough people stayed at home at the last election that could have changed the results. You could have strengthened our current government or completely changed the winning team.
Many young people may feel like saying “I can’t be bothered to vote cause none of the parties say stuff I’m interested in.”
That’s because you don’t vote!
That’s like saying “I’ll stop flicking soggy cornflakes at you when you stop looking so annoyed and, ah … milky.”
The reason why is because, aside from money, the only things that politicians need are votes.
If you’re not a source of votes then they don’t care about you, they’re not going to listen to your wants, needs or demands.
I vote for the same reason I’d punch a bear that was trying to eat me. I don’t think it would make a difference to the outcome, but at least that way it doesn't look like I don’t want to be eaten by a bear.
There are many dead beats running in this election that could get some traction because you stayed home.
Just like I don’t think you should give a gun to a parrot, if someone else gave a gun to a parrot, I would watch!
It is probably not the best choice for the country, but in the run up to the election watching the parrot with a gun would be great entertainment. But it is our job to ensure that parrot is disarmed after the election.
If some keeps stirring up the fear of ghost, the way to deal with that is by turning on the lights and saying “there is no such thing as ghost!”
But parties trying to buy you will go: ‘We’ll be tough on ghost as well!’
They don’t want to lose your vote; they don’t want to tarnish that vote. You've got to look through the hazy mist and find reality within your party choice.
So please, please vote. Let’s show the world how it is done. I don’t care who you vote for. I don’t care if you don’t vote for a party. Spoil your ballot, write ‘none of the above’ on it, whatever (within reason), at least you are sending some sort of message. Cause if you don’t vote the only message you’re sending is ‘do what you want, I'm already bending over.”
Material mostly by Nick Doody.