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Mon, Nov. 26th, 2007, 01:16 pm
Election Stuff

Well that was an interesting election. Don't know if it was the full moon or not but I was experiencing some intense emotions as I was walking to the Northcote Town Hall, so strong i was crying, and then again while standing in the queue and again while filling in my bits of paper. I have to say I've never been so worked up by an election before in my life. I should point out these were tears of joy. I knew in my gut that Howard would be voted out.

It was heartening to overhear so much talk about voting below the line, both from colleagues at work and random strangers in the street and on public transport. The general feeling of apathy that i've felt before at other elections was missing. This was also another reason for my highly emotional State. PEOPLE CARE AGAIN! YAY!

I got to meet the Greens candidate for Batman, Patricia Carey, I didn't have anything to say other than choking out a "good luck, nice to meet you" and shaking her hand (whilst dabbing my eyes, how embarrassing)

She did very well with 16.9% of the primary vote which was a 3.4% swing.

http://www.abc.net.au/elections/federal/2007/guide/batm.htm

Congratulations to the voters in Melbourne Electorate. You guys are truly awesome.

Green got as many votes as the Liberal party although the liberals were ahead after the preferences were counted.

http://www.abc.net.au/elections/federal/2007/guide/melb.htm

And the other highlight for me was Maxine McKew's victory in the Ex Prime Minister's seat of Bennelong. Fantastic result. It’s just been announced in the papers!

Just one complaint, I can't find figures on informal voting :-|

I LOVE YOU AUSTRALIA!

(oh god getting teary again)
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Mon, Nov. 26th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
madefromstars

Cool. Thank you. That's interesting.

I'm assuming that it's higher than usual because people are making a protest vote not because people are making mistakes. :-)

Wed, Nov. 28th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
drbunsen

The breakdown of the Senate count for Victoria is interesting too. Right up till the last redistribution of preferences, The Greens were in front for the last seat. Fundies First pushed the Libs over the line, with less than 1% of a quota (34,209 votes) between them.

Now if we could just re-educate some of those informals, and round up some of those who won't vote because they don't want to be part of "the system, man", we should get a Greenie up next time.

Mon, Nov. 26th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
velitu

yeah i was blown away by how much peole gave a fuck this time round too. i've half written that many journal entries about it but can never quite put it in words. i was definitely ecstatic that howard is gone.

Mon, Nov. 26th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
madefromstars

I've never liked him, but my feelings turned to despising the man after the children overboard incident. I have such an overwhelming sense relief now that he is gone. :-)
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Mon, Nov. 26th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
madefromstars

:-) I think this is a good thing

Mon, Nov. 26th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
minga

I was beaming all day yesterday still, I almost feel like framing the newspaper.