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Fri, Oct. 8th, 2004, 06:30 am
Election Update for Australian furries only

For a bit of light relief, I wanted to post my own furry election parody on the eve of the election. It's a 124KB PDF available here. It's a revamp of a Furry Party flyer I did in 1998 for the then Federal election which was published in South Fur Lands and will only really be meaningful if you've been following the Australian election at all.

Now for the serious part:
(Well, it's not really, I just wanted to make it easier for more conservative furries to dismiss my arguments and no hard feelings. ;) )

As should be obvious by now to everyone, the Coalition will win the election and be able to form government once again in the lower house. The question remains, for those of you with a progressive bent, which progressive party to vote for in the Senate to hold the balance of power. Many of you may have been tending towards the Australian Democrats. I was, at least until they decided it's okay to have a leader who attacked an elderly female Senator in a drunken rage over a few bottles of wine. Those of you who are more forgiving than I may still be contemplating a vote for the Australian Democrats. How you vote is your perogative, but I want to make sure you're aware they've done a preferences deal with the Family First party in the Senate which is liable to hand them a few seats they otherwise wouldn't get. Family First is the political wing for the Assemblies of God in South Australia. They claim to be at the election championing "family values" (in my experience, anyone pushing family values at you is actually waving a bible in your face), but they so hate homosexuals that in spite of doing a preferences deal with the Liberal Party in the lower house they couldn't bring themselves to pass their preferences on to a gay Liberal candidate in the crucial seat of Brisbane and instead give them to the hated Labor party, who at least had the good sense to field a heterosexual candidate. The worst possible outcome in the Senate would be for the Coalition controlling the Senate with the support of Family First. Just because you're lucky enough to be heterosexual don't think they won't come after you; eventually they'll target anyone who doesn't quite fit their image of what a family should be. If you are still prepared to vote for the Australian Democrats in the Senate after their cynically abandoning their traditional constituency, then please take the time to number every square below the line on the Senate ballot form, otherwise your vote risks legitimising an intolerant narrow-minded political party. That is all.


Happy voting, everyone!

Thu, Oct. 7th, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC)
whyrl

That flier makes me laugh every time I see it. :>

I think I was going to vote for the Greens in the Senate. *politically ignorant*

Thu, Oct. 7th, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

That's how I intend to vote too, but I wanted to fall short of lecturing people on how to vote. And I don't consider myself politically ignorant. I also hope you're not posting this from work. ;)

Thu, Oct. 7th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
darth_phylos

TripeJ had a great piss-take based on the Family First line that "lesbians were witches". Transexuals - they're werewolves. Homosexual Men - vampires. Single Mothers - zombies. Unemployed people - shapeshifters. And the worst of all People From Overseas - they are Ghosts.

On another point, I always label all the boxes. I hate the thought that someone else thinks they know how I should allocate my preferences...

Thu, Oct. 7th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

I take great satisfaction in numbering every square, but I'm aware that not everyone is as enthusiastic about the electoral process as we are.

Thu, Oct. 7th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
darth_phylos

I might start from the bottom up again this year - there is something nice about filling out the people you hate first, and then getting to the good people last, walking away with a smile. I can foresee Pauline Hanson getting a big number against her name...
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Fri, Oct. 8th, 2004 01:58 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

I don't think even the Christian Democratic Party is open about wanting to outlaw homosexuality. Of course, they would if they could...