A Manifesto

I believe:

  • That I have no right to tell you who to vote for.
  • That I have no reason to tell you who to vote for.
  • That my opinion is just that: an opinion.
  • That everyone’s vote counts.
  • That voting informally puts your decision in the hands of others.
  • That voting informedly makes your decision count for more.
  • That who you vote for is not the same as who you believe should form government.
  • That all policy deserves the scrutiny of many viewpoints.
  • That our parliament works best with a diverse senate.
  • That there is no party who supports all of the ideals of any individual, even those who are members of the party.
  • That no party knows how to best allocate your vote.
  • That no party knows who their best candidate is.
  • That you should question your ideals before you select your candidate.
  • That you should select your candidate before you select your party.
  • That your second and third preferences matter just as much as your first.
  • That you should vote below the line.
  • That my enemy’s enemy is not always my friend: to be my friend, I need a reason to support you.
  • That blanket negative policies do not deserve the right to be enshrined in appropriation bills.
  • That the previous government was deposed for a reason.
  • That a long-term view is not rewarded by our short-term electoral cycle.
  • That three-year electoral terms favour fiscal conservatism and that Australia is worse-off for it.
  • That there is often merit to policies which do not result in an immediate return.
  • That no party considers my electorate important enough to campaign broadly in.
  • That at this election, no major party deserves my vote.
  • That no party deserves my continued support.
  • That there is a time for conservatism.
  • That with significantly reformed personnel and policy, the Liberal Party will one day be deserving of government again.
  • That that time is not now.
  • That the current government has, for the most part, implemented fundamentally good policy.
  • That the next government deserves wide-ranging, informed, non-partisan scrutiny.
  • That this election should be all about the senate.

5 thoughts on “A Manifesto

  1. Hmm, so to be your friend you need only a reason to support me.
    Also, a manifesto should be bold with over the top statements, you should read a Communist Manifesto by Marx, that guy knows how to make a convincing statement.

    1. This is true, but the point I wanted to get across is that even if you allocate your first preference on the basis that you suggest, you should still be absolutely mindful of where your latter preferences go.

      Thinking about only your first preference is a wasted vote.

  2. I found the 2010 federal election campaign a bit like a US presidential campaign – all centred around the leaders of the parties.

    I was surprised, I’m pretty sure that I agree with all of what you wrote. I was torn with my lower house vote for Franklin – go for the laughable Greens member (old people on trampolines, what?), the Labor member who did nothing that I can think of in her last term, the anti-gay Liberal member, or the independent member who didn’t seem like he wanted to be there? My whole family voted above the line except me. Most people don’t understand the repercussions of voting above the line and/or don’t understand the importance of having a diverse senate.

    One thing that really peeved me was that the Libs focused on the NBN being too expensive at $43bn of taxpayers’ money (“over $2000 per every man, woman & child”), despite Labor reporting that it would only cost around $26bn of taxpayers’ money, plus NBNco’s own revenue & private funds.

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