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Old 09-06-2013, 10:27 PM   #241
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Pretty grim pickings in the seat of Groom, where the choices were:

Labor
Greens
Katters Party
Rise Up Australia
Citizens Electoral Council (!)
Family First
Palmer United
LNP
(that's the field, not my vote, which is private)

I put the CEC a little above the LNP. But it was so hard to choose, down the lower end of that pole. Realistically, there has never been an election where I could legitimately put the Coalition dead last, as I would prefer. There's always someone worse.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:17 PM   #242
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A little annoyed Socialist Alliance aren't running here, they at least have some sort of presence (their own paper etc) and come across as more likable than the SEP.
Yeah, I'm surprised they didn't run for the Senate in Victoria - they did at the last two elections. They just had a range of House candidates. Since I live in Brunswick, where our town hall has a big "refugees and asylum seekers are welcome here" banner and there are shops like the Solidarity Salon, it's no surprise that they fielded a candidate in my electorate.

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Pretty grim pickings in the seat of Groom, where the choices were:

Labor
Greens
Katters Party
Rise Up Australia
Citizens Electoral Council (!)
Family First
Palmer United
LNP
(that's the field, not my vote, which is private)

I put the CEC a little above the LNP. But it was so hard to choose, down the lower end of that pole. Realistically, there has never been an election where I could legitimately put the Coalition dead last, as I would prefer. There's always someone worse.
Wow, what a dire fucking field. I was looking at my mother's electorate last night and was appalled to see it had a CEC candidate too. She refused to believe me when I first told her what the CEC believe.

In the 2006 Queensland state election, the first time I ever voted, I was able to put the Liberals last because my seat had only three candidates - Green, ALP, Liberal. But every subsequent election, state or federal? Always plenty of completely crazy far-right nutters to prevent me from completely shafting the Liberals.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:34 PM   #243
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I find it a bit worrying, although maybe it's just the lay of the land in this part of the country... but that almost all the minor-party lower house contenders seem to be ultra right wing or christianist (a term I choose deliberately; even the ethos of the Catholic mainstream would sit pretty uneasily with some of these outfits), or both. Not even one self-declared independent this time.
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Boothby (my electorate) has a grand total of 5 candidates running, being the Greens, ALP, LNP, PUP and Family First.
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Family First seem to be pretty determined, considering they've managed to get up a grand total of one elected official in their entire existence. Deep pockets, presumably.
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Family First seem to be pretty determined, considering they've managed to get up a grand total of one elected official in their entire existence. Deep pockets, presumably.
By the looks of it they're about to triple that figure.

Cannot fathom why the Christianist (good term) right needs so many bloody parties either. Though it does remind me of my days mixed up in the world of religion on the Gold Coast and how the fervency of fundamentalists about their "correct" interpretation leads them into conflict with other fundies over the slightest difference in doctrine.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:13 AM   #247
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I thought that Family First might've been in decline since the exit of Fielding, hence the emergence of Rise Up, Australian Christians and the other two.

If they came together and all put their minor Christianist differences aside and focused more on credible family-centric economics, they could be a force to be reckoned with. A genuine right-wing equivalent to the Greens. Horrid thought.
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Family First seem to be pretty determined, considering they've managed to get up a grand total of one elected official in their entire existence. Deep pockets, presumably.
They're all white, upper middle/bourgeois people so it doesn't come as much of a surprise.
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I had 7 choices in Hindmarsh and all but the Greens were shocking. In addition to the two big losers, we had DLP, PUP, THE FUCKING KATTER PARTY and Family First. Are you fucking serious? I wanted to put in all of the 7s.

Didn't have time to vote below the line (went in this morning in a rush), which was annoying. Gotta be a better way to do that.
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Clive Palmer's polling fucking 9% in Queensland per exit polls. Christ on a bike.
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Aw yeah.

I think I'm ironically fanboying (if that even is a word) Clive to the point that it's becoming sincere ... oh no.
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I had 7 choices in Hindmarsh and all but the Greens were shocking. In addition to the two big losers, we had DLP, PUP, THE FUCKING KATTER PARTY and Family First. Are you fucking serious? I wanted to put in all of the 7s.
Could be worse, could be an eighth option, Rise Up Australia. They are registered in most electorates. Just be thankful that they weren't in yours! Scum of the earth.
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Yeah, it's hard to be worse than Family First but those Rise Up cunts sure are.

"Cunts" is too moderate a word for a TOTAL FUCKING CUNT who says that Black Saturday was god's punishment for Victoria's abortion laws. Fuck you so fucking hard Danny Nalliah.

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Aw yeah.

I think I'm ironically fanboying (if that even is a word) Clive to the point that it's becoming sincere ... oh no.
Hahaha. I just keep reminding myself that his sole political purpose is to get enough influence to mine the shit out of everything and destroy the Great Barrier Reef and any other ecosystem that gets in his way. That tones down any ironic lulzy fondness I could potentially feel towards him.
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Also, can I say just how impressed I am that this thread has cracked 250 posts before the polls are even closed? I hesitated starting this thread, figuring we'd just talk about it in the Superthread or amidst other stuff in the LS Australia thread, and even when I did make it I thought it'd quickly sink without a trace like most Aussie politics threads. Well done folks.

Hope the vitriol and despair has been entertaining for the international FYMers too.
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I actually feel quite ill if this exit polling is anything to go by

What to do for this poor poor country?
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