Voting in Bendigo
Posted on August 29, 2013
I’ve had some frivoulous fun in the last few weeks asking people “Who are you voting for?” Even in our over-sharing world, many respond with embarrassment, and that’s before they’ve told me “Australian Christians”. I really don’t have a problem with discussing religion and politics publicly – it’s fun, interesting, connects with people’s hearts etc etc etc. Why would I not want to discuss these things?
So, here is my voting intention, which won’t change in essence unless a candidate turns up to the “Really Useful Working Bee” and changes my mind with their weeding technique.
I’ll start from the bottom up. My basic voting decisions are based on a mix of desire for loving justice and a desire that certain candidates not get their deposit back.
13. Ewen MacDonald (Australia Christians)
12. Sandra Caddy (Rise Up Australia)
These parties have either an explicit or ‘just below the surface bubbling up when they’re not careful” Christian basis. Of course, I don’t have a problem with Christianity, but political parties based on a religion are not a good idea. They earn my ire for presenting a distorted view of Jesus.
11. Rod Leunig (Country Alliance): I like the focus on regional and rural issues, but the random despising of ‘urban greenies’ I just can’t take.
10. Anita Donlon (Palmer United Party): It’s a circus party with only Clive as its attraction.
9. Charlie Crutchfield (Sex Party): a party whose signature policy is regulation of marijuana? Get serious.
From here on in, we get the parties and independents that (a) I think have something to say and/or (b) have a chance of winning.
8. Greg Bickley (Liberal): Despite the endless paper propaganda landing in my letterbox, the motorbike-driven trailers with his image on them, and the massive billboard on my stress, I will not be voting for Greg Bickley. I don’t really know who the target voter was in this overspend. It annoyed me.
7. Alan Howard (Family First): many policies I’m on the same page with, but their creationist/anti-climate change position is silly. They are only here to extend the distance between Lisa Chesters (who I think will get my vote after preferences), and Greg Bickley, for whom a win would contribute to an Abbott government.
6. Sarah Sheedy (Nationals): Bendigo is not really a “country” party area. Unsure why they ran a candidate as it would seem to split the conservative vote.
5. Stephen John Stingel (Katter’s Australian Party): suffers a little from the same problem as the ‘Christian’ parties, but in general pretty impressive, despite Stingel being listed as the candidate for Ballarat – I guess it’s a long way from QLD. Opposes the Intervention in the NT, cautiously affirms climate change, and I like his hat (Katter’s not Stephen’s).
4. Lisa Chesters (Labor): After preferences are distributed, Lisa gets my vote. Even though I think the Coalition would win, I would rather have a hard-working opposition representative in Canberra.
3. Matine Rahmani (Independent): One of the few candidates able to string a sentence together that didn’t have me bashing the steering wheel. He also had the good sense to leave Clive Palmer’s party.
2. Lachlan Slade (Greens): well, not much to say here. There is a bunch of stuff I don’t like about the Greens, but they are the only serious voice in mainstream politics that I trust to say something good about asylum seekers and climate change.
1. Daniel Abikhair (Save the Planet): I know the bloke, so I trust him. I don’t want him to win, because I think the system would beat the good out of him, but I like the image of Bushy in his flanny and beard fronting up to the suits.