Thank God the election campaign is over – now we just have to have another few weeks of post mortem and then things might get back to usual. I confess to having listened to, or read almost nothing of the political propaganda over the last few weeks from any party. It seemed to me that whatever was put forth by one party was obviously wrong, irresponsible, a waste of money etc. etc. in the eyes of the other, without either side offering actual policies of any substance. I do not think there has been such a useless and uninformative campaign as this one has been, where each side continued to descend further into a mire of negativity and personal attacks, petty bickering and trivial point scoring.
I cast my vote at the local primary school – somewhat ironic I thought, as there we all were, lining up down the corridor, with time to admire the brand new building, recently completed as part of the Government education initiative……some more unspoken propaganda for the voters.
The young man in front of me was holding the usual collection of election pamphlets and asked me, as he studied them, how to vote as it was his first time. He knew the party for which he wanted to vote, so I explained the simplest way of doing it, without numbering every box, and he seemed satisfied. Then he said “It may not be Australian, but I don’t really care who wins. I’m more concerned with the fact I was swooped on five times by Magpies on my way here….
When I reached the official desk, and the person checking names on the electoral role, I was asked “Have you voted anywhere else today?”
Why would anyone bother to try and do it twice? As I said, thank goodness it’s finished.