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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.

Election ’07

Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, or rather, not in Australia at all, you’d know that Australia’s Federal Government has changed hands in what appears to be a landslide.

Whilst I tend to keep this blog mostly apolitical, I think it’s worth pointing out why I think that this result is good, and what I hope will become of the next three years.

It’s not too hard a stretch to tell that I like computers, and therefore by proxy, the Internet. Unfortunately, Australia’s standard of Internet is very poor when compared with other countries, since we have suffered from artificially low ADSL speeds and artificially high prices due to an agreement made with Telecom in 1990 when our first high-speed links out of the country were laid. Thanks to the sale of Telstra, I believe that the pricing issue will never fix itself (at least for the foreseeable future), but it is still possible to fix the speed issue. It will be good to see Government investment in new communication infrastructure, which will hopefully bring our standard of connections well above what they currently are now (though, unfortunately, still well-short of world standard).

As a school student, I went to a school that was extremely well-sheltered by Government policies on Education, and so I never really saw the effects of current disinvestment in education. As a University student now, the scope of the issue has become apparent to me. I attend a small University, which due to its comparatively remote location, only really attracts students who have lived around it, at least as far as Australian students are concerned. This has meant that with disinvestment in the University, the University has, in the past five years, sought to increase its enrolment numbers from the local area.

Due to the small population base around the University, they are naturally seeking students from demographics that, if living in other states, would certainly not be seeking a University education. This has undoubtedly led to a reduction in the quality of the courses that are being offered, an unfortunate situation indeed. It would be good to see funding of Universities increase, such that my own University, and others like it do not have to worry about maintaining high student numbers, at the cost of a quality teaching programme.

Since the new Government has placed education as one of its pillars of policy, I hope to see the situation in higher education be fixed. Although I suspect that policies will focus more upon school-level education, since that is where the majority of the “family” vote has come from. Investment at all levels of education is important, and I hope to see more of it at a Federal level.

Whilst there were many other policies inherent in the campaigns on all sides of politics, I feel that none of them affect me heavily right now, and as such, I won’t make any comment on them. I hope that the current members of Parliament do their job well, legislating in the best interests of the entire country, as really, that’s what politics boils down to in the end.