To vote or not to vote? That is the question

It’s Election time in Australia. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling from the trees, the news is filled with promises and digs from opposing sides, and most importantly, we have a long weekend (thank you Queen!).

In Australia it’s compulsory to vote when you turn 18, and I am someone who takes my right to vote very seriously. I look in to the various policies, I read articles, I watch a bit of QandA…and I do this because I am interested in the Australian political system, but also because as a History teacher, I realise how long the fight has been for people to have the right to vote. Women, Indigenous peoples, various ethnic groups have worked for suffrage and I figure the least I can do is turn up on the day as an educated voter. I think that’s also the flip side of having compulsory voting – a lot of people go in not knowing anything about who/what they’re voting for.

I know for me, I get a sense of pride and do a little chest pump walking through the gates of the local High School on Election day. I’ve even considered hosting an annual Election Day BBQ!

I know I have some American readers and I believe the right to vote is optional for you. So I wanted to put it out there for all my readers, no matter where you’re from – what do you think about Elections? Should voting be compulsory? Should we have the right to choose to vote?

Lis x


6 thoughts on “To vote or not to vote? That is the question

    • greenwichlane says:

      I like that – it is our duty to vote. And I think I will go ahead with the BBQ – get some meat on the barbie and some Aussie flags up! We have a program on election night that goes for a few hours and runs the audience through all the votes – make the viewing a bit more interesting with a BBQ!

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  1. Wally Fry says:

    HI there

    Thanks for following my blog. I hope you find a blessing there. I was just telling my wife I needed some good food blogs to follow. Some really aren’t so great, people don’t write much on some. So, I hope I find a blessing here as well.


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  2. Paul says:

    We should absolutely all vote on Election Day. We lost a lot of good men and women during the Wars. They gave their precious lives so that we could all have our freedom. The least that we can do is to respect what they gave to us all………………….. and vote in an informed way.


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