GetUp Australia have launched a quiz with a difference this week in advance of the Australian Federal Elections. Not sure who your ideal candidate is? Find out at http://www.howshouldivote.com.au!
Simply type in you post code, answer a few questions, and out comes your own personalised “how to vote” card. Here’s mine:
This came with a few surprises. You see, while I totally expected Julie Owens of the Australian Labour Party to come in ahead of Colin Robinson of the Liberal Party, based on the strength of my feelings over refugees, nuclear, greenhouse and other social justice related issues, I was rather surprised to see an independent, who I know nothing about, come in as number 1 on my sheet.
I was also rather surprised to see Sam Baissari of the Christian Democratic Party come in as number 4, over and against, not only the Liberals, but also Rene Hernandez of the (Pentecostal) Family First Party at number 8. I had always perceived Fred Nile’s mob as far more right wing, not that I’ve ever voted for either. Interesting also that Chris Gordon of the Socialist Equality Party came in dead last. He must have some pretty permissive attitudes to drugs or something like that I expect to come in that low despite my moderately left leanings on other matters.
Overall I don’t expect this to effect my primary preferences but I may take note of this if I decide to number individually on the day. And (thinking cheekily) maybe I should pass this site onto Julie Owens and Colin Robinson when I see them down at the train station this week (they are both turning up rather frequently given how marginal the seat of Parramatta is).
So me Aussie mates, prepared to share your results?