No vote for you!

14 10 2007

Little Johnny has paid his visit to the GG and the election has been called for November 24. If you are 18 years old and not enrolled to vote, sucks to be you because you have only until 8pm tonight to get on the electoral role before they close. It wasn’t this way before.

There used to be a 7 day period after the writs were issued during which you could update your details or get on the roll for the first time. But since the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Electoral Integrity and Other Measures) Bill introduced by the Howard Government last year that is no longer possible. And we call ourselves a democracy. What a fucking disgrace.

At the 2004 election 136,000 people aged 18-25 enrolled after the election was called. That must be more than 1% of the entire adult population that have just been disenfranchised. How did we let the little weasles in the Liberal Party get this one by us? Maybe Australia was just too busy worrying about all those Sudanese refugees hanging around in groups of 3 or more and scaring the nice white people.

So just to sum up. 18 years old and not enrolled? Yes? Then the Liberal party have just denied you one of the most fundamental citizenship rights. And why is that you ask? Electoral fraud? I’m going to call bullshit on that one. Its because John, Pete, Phillip and the rest of their cohort are pretty sure that you won’t vote for them anyway (younger voters tend to go for the left of centre parties) and if that’s the case then you musn’t deserve a vote.

I swear if these guys get back in, I’ll have to leave the friggin country for the next three years.

In the interests of accuracy, you apparently have until Wednesday to enrol, which is still fucked. Don’t miss your chance to vote Howard out.