Election Day   Leave a comment

Saturday, 7 September, 2013

Today is a big day in Australia! We’ve been waiting nearly seven months for the Federal Elections to take since it was announced by the ruling Labor party way back in February. In fact, election day should be next week, on the 14th, but it’s been a turbulent few months since the election was called, with the Prime Minister and leader of the Labor party (Ms Julia Gillard) being ousted by the very person (Mr Kevin Rudd) she ousted a couple of years ago. Since the ‘coup-de-gras’ there was huge speculation as to when the new Prime Minister would call the election and after much speculation, Mr Rudd plumed for today!

Being a non-resident, I can’t vote, but for all citizens of Australia voting is compulsory, so since the polling stations opened at 7:00 am this morning large queues have formed. I won’t go into the mechanics of the Australia voting system, suffice to say its bloody complicated and it takes an age for just one person to vote. One of the more quirky aspects of an Australian Election day is the presence of a sausage sizzle and/or a tea cake stall outside many of the polling stations. So today I decided to take a tour around a few polling stations to see what was going on. I stated off at my local one, which was located down at the primary school and although I find a large queue, there was no sausage sizzle or cake stall. Undaunted, I drove over to the Old Parliament House in the middle of the Parliamentary Triangle, where I found more large queues, but also a sausage sizzle run by the Scouts and a cake stall run by the local women’s institute. There was a bit of a carnival atmosphere with parents bringing their kids with them to show them the democratic process in action. I was surprised to see representatives of many of the parties contesting the election on the steps of the polling station canvassing and handing out leaflets to people on their way in to vote. . As I was in the vicinity, I decided to go inside and take a quick tour of the Old Parliament building, which is now set up as a museum.

Posted September 7, 2013 by yermandownunder in Observations, Out and about

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