Australian Elections 2016…

On 2nd July 2016, Australia will be heading for the polling booths and voting for a new Prime Minister to be running the country. For this upcoming election, I really do not know who to vote for (I only vote for either of the main two parties as with the smaller parties and the Independent politicians their votes will go as preferences to either of the two main parties) as there is no stand out person or party I want to vote for and I hate that.  What I want is there to be a stand out person who has the heart of the country and the people in mind and a person who wants to lead the country the right way and not someone who is just looking to protect the perks they will receive with doing the job and afterwards, or someone who is only self-serving.

I want there to be a clear winner between the major parties, the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party and not have the Independents winning the majority of seats in Parliament because they only have in mind their own political interests with those smaller groups they want to help and not what the major parties interests are for the country as a whole.  The last two elections, Australia has had a hung Parliament with Independents winning a big margin of seats in government and as a result, the major parties have been unable to achieve what they wanted to do and be able to demonstrate how they would have run the country if they had a majority of seats in Parliament because the Independents haven’t allowed them to, so the major parties in office in effect, have had their hands tied by the Independents being in Parliament. I’m also over the “musical chair Prime Ministers” Australia has had between elections over the last 8 years as it doesn’t look good when the whole world sees a country who can’t get their act together and actually have a Prime Minister in office for the whole term and not just for a part of it because they are voted out by their own party when they have lost confidence in the person they themselves chose to be the representative of their own party to lead it in the first place.

I would like to have a government that spends more on health care, hospitals, the aged, education, our emergency services, the disabled, pensions, child welfare and the disadvantaged, rather than cutting funding to those much needed areas. I would like to see people of the same sex being able to get legally married and to not be treated like second class citizens. I would really love to see politicians put on a minimum wage and then watch how fast things would change.

I’m tired of all the Liberal and Labor Party bitching, who has been the worst political party since the last election and the general mudslinging that comes in the advertising during the elections. What I want is reasons to vote for a particular party, I want facts and promises that won’t be broken as soon as a particular party gets into government. I want to be able to make an informed decision of which party is the right party in my mind to elect before I put that pencil to paper in the polling booth and before I put those pieces of paper into the boxes on my way out of the polling booth tomorrow. I want to feel as though my vote counts towards the future of this country and making it an even better place to live, considering that in Australia, we are lucky to be able to have the opportunity to vote freely for who we want to when other countries in the world don’t get that opportunity to do so.

And so, I am brought back to the start of my post… I really don’t know who I want to vote for…

Until next time

Kaye

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