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.
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.
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)