It’s certainly not news that Australian citizens, over the age of 18, have the legal obligation to vote, we are one of the few countries in the world where this is so.
Like it or not, this fact shapes the very essence of Australian federal, state and municipal politics.
It seems though, that there are more and more not liking this fact, from the groans of November 2010, “didn’t we just vote?”, to the average person on the street bragging about their donkey vote or choice of profanities instead of numbers on the ballot paper.
As a rule, Australians hate politics. Like most hatreds, I would safely conclude that this is the result of misinformation, ignorance or plain confusion. But why this ignorance, this lack of understanding?
It would be unfair to point the finger squarely at the education system; I know politics was a year 11 and 12 elective at my school. Some say it’s parents; telling children who they need to vote for with little to no substance as to why. It could be fair to shift some responsibility onto politicians themselves; debate is being diminished to ridicule and slander, while policies become entrenched in an insidious cycle with opinion polls.
Some would point their finger at the media; choosing ‘models gone wild’ for front pages, instead of issues of national importance.
When was the last time we heard a well-rounded debate on any policy of interest? Or the televising of a great speech on the challenges of our country by any of our political leaders? Let alone impassioned rallies for or against a government decision attended by the masses.
Yet we roll on, electing people we don’t know to do jobs we hate for reasons we can’t explain.
Surely, we need to see voting, let alone participatory democracy, as less of an obligation and more of a responsibility, less of a chore and more of a chance to shape our, and our children’s, future.
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