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November 21st, 2007

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11:32 am - Election time in Oz ...
... and my second postal vote. I'm working my way through the Senate ballot paper now. I'm numbering everyone below the line, of course, because otherwise you can fall into all sorts of nasty preference traps. There are half a dozen parties or groups of candidates standing best described as "harmful nutjobs" - people who shouldn't be allowed to run a cake-stall, never mind having a part in running the country.
Fortunately, Other People have already done the hard work of working out what some of the smaller parties and independants stand for - matcha_pocky here, and a series of articles ending with "Minor minor parties ix" here.

(PS: LJ ate my first two attempts at posting this (saying "Must provide entry text"), and the autosave didn't work ! Has this happened to anyone else recently ?)
Current Mood: determineddetermined

(9 touches | En garde !)


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Date:November 21st, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
Hugely helpful. Thanks!

How's the schnee, btw?
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Date:November 21st, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Ack - sorry dc - I think I accidentally confused you with bungo. Wouldn't happen under normal circumstances - blame pre-lunch blood sugar levels. Although I rather wish it *were* snowing in the UK right now.
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Date:November 21st, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
Me too ! I guess you missed out on the falls a few days ago, then ?
Up here, it's just raining, dark and gloomy.

(we must catch up sometime ... except we never seem to find ourselves near your part of the world ! Don't suppose you ever end up in London ? (since work or fencing seem to take me there semi-regularly))
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Date:November 21st, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
I sympathise. It's really easy to get people mixed up when they use these weird pseudonym usernames.
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Date:November 22nd, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
Leider weg. Current weather: 5 deg C, winds 9 km/h SE, 1010 hPa. Light cloud, still letting the light through.

Put the LiberalsFamily First last!
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Date:November 21st, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
One of my very dear and fabulous friends is running with What Women Want. I can promise they aren't harmful nutjobs, anyway.

I have been receiving lots of propoganda from the CEC. They clearly are astonishing nutjobs. As they always are, but it would be somehow disappointing if they had become suddenly sane.
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Date:November 21st, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
My colleague who sits next to me went to the Embassy/Consulate a few days ago and cast his ballot(s) there. It had a long set of barriers set up to queue the voters, and he went at lunchtime (obviously the busiest time) ... and there was *no one* in the queue. He walked straight up, straight in, and cast his votes.

Good luck for your candidates!
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Date:November 21st, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Second postal vote? How have you managed to maintain overseas elector status? As I've bemoaned on my lj, they (a) didn't want to add me to the roll as an overseas elector because I didn't have a plan to return within 6 years, and (b) actually had failed to remove me from the roll for my address in 1995...
Date:November 21st, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
irrelevant yay! Cerebus avatar!

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