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election australia 2010

As the dust settles

Yesterday NSW had an election. It was a landslide. that many others will no doubt talk of for many days to come. Picking up on a post from Mary over at HAT, yes I think she might be right. From what I saw in the literature, there was a higher number of “baseline” accessible venues. But I never left the house to vote. I iVoted. At home. On my own laptop. More privately than I did more than once at a polling place. Designed for people with vision impairment who use screen readers and various other disabilities – they broadened it out to allow travelling folks to feel included too. […]

Tuesday tiny:Interesting take on the hung parliament

Michael Pascoe | What happens next in Canberra: 75 all. Possibly Related Posts: Tuesday tidbit: wish I’d known True to our word. 6WS: election day As the dust settles Quote: may I be

meh

After every other election at whatever level I always felt quite relieved and perhaps exhilarated. Settled perhaps. Not this time. It feels really odd. I know other countries have dealt with it, though I note that Gordon Brown had to resign to make it work for his party. I’m sure it will be sorted but in the meantime — nothing is moving and it’s prevented a UN visitor. I originally thought that we would end up going to the polls again quite quickly especially after one of the independents Rob Oakeshott originally floated the idea. I’m now not so sure that will happen if for no other reason than the […]

I hate to say I told you so

But ….. Have a look Poor Julia We Aussies are good( the politicians at least) at putting women in the top jobs when there is a likely loss looming Possibly Related Posts: Back For those that know me offline Just quietly Me again Best intention

one take on the polls today

In the words of one of the commentors: This is probably the most succinct, accurate? and hilarious summary? of the campaign. The apathy I heard and saw today while waiting after completing my own vote was heartbreaking and especially sad given the apparent closeness of the expected outcome. I would normally have expected a close election to fascinate more than bore. But still there were people more interested in finding out if they’d get fined for not voting because <insert excuse here> than in exercising a democratic right only afforded once every three or so years, despite their influence on our lives. It certainly wasn’t an awe inspiring campaign but […]

the cost of a vote

I perhaps should have warned folks not to get me started on election equity issues, but a good mate of mine added this to a comment on this post Still distrubing to see so many polling booths inaccessable, though at least in the Marrickville LGA it’s better that it was at he last local government election. Yes well — it might indeed be *better* but really that’s not saying much now is it? I know people from the last Federal election who had to get excused from their democratic right and responsibility to vote (it’s compulsory here in Australia) because they had assumed there would be at least one they […]

it’s all in the dollars

In my view this is not the only way its hard to tell them apart. Helpful reality check. Despite the vociferous debate between Joe Hockey and Wayne Swan about debt, stimulus, spending and who would be worse for the economy, AMP Capital’s Shane Oliver reckons there is little to differentiate the parties when it comes to the economic big picture. In a note out today, Oliver says: “The Federal election is unlikely to have a major impact on financial markets at an aggregate level. In fact, the historical record suggests little clear impact, with other factors proving more important. This may partly reflect the broad similarity in terms of macro […]