The election is today, and you better all vote ... unless you were going to select a crappy party, in which case feel free to drop your blank forms in the ballot boxes.
So, who are
you voting for?
I'd like to remind you that if you vote other than Greens or Democrats, you are telling the government that you think that a large portion of the population do not deserve the rights of full, first class, citizens.
This includes your friends, your relatives, your (future) children, your workmates and your neighbours. And it's more than a superficial ceremony, it's rights
; rights to marry for one, rights to guardianship of your children, financial rights (including taxes and inheritance), military placement rights, the right to visit a loved one in hospital (currently even if you've been their partner for the last 30 years their 'real family' can prevent you seeing them), make legal decisions on the behalf of your partner. These are not one-day-in-a-lifetime things, these are everyday rights of real importance.
Frankly marriage is one of my bottom priorities, I really care more about the right to look after my own children as everyone else can, when I have them, as well as being able to look after my partner.
No, putting the Greens (or Democrats) first on your House of Representatives ballot won't make them the leading party, and your vote will go to your second preference, but it shows whoever is in charge that they will get votes if they have more 'progressive' policies. They don't have these policies now because they think you wont vote for them, or that they don't need to, because you'll vote for them no matter what.
Voting 1 to the Greens or Democrats in the senate (white ballot) will however give them real power.
I'm not too concerned as to whether you vote Democrats or Greens, I feel my interests more expressed in the policies of the Greens, and feel they have a better chance of getting in, but who you choose is a matter of preference. However, if you're voting for a party that denies the rights of so many, including myself, that is highly offensive, and I would like to hear your justification for it.
Of course there are a multitude of other reasons to not vote for Liberal or Labor; They have similar work choices policy, they both support the infantilising treatment of aboriginals, they don't really care about the environment (and Peter Garret has no power) shown by their support of new coal mines, and continued uranium mining, the pulp mill, they want tax cuts rather than services, and don't really care about healthcare or education. They Greens aren't just a hippy dippy group for hugging trees, they do have excellent social policies.
The Greens are actually passionate about their policies
, and don't feel the need to lie. Who knows what Liberal or Labor will bring out when they're in power?