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Australia About to elect a left wing government

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posted on May, 15 2019 @ 10:30 PM
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Australia has an election of Saturday. All indicators point to a victory for the centre left Labor party. The Labor party is standing for tax reform, addressing inequality and action on climate change. Not only have the polls consistently pointed to victory for over a year, the bookies currently have the odds at 1.18 to 4.75 for labor.

www.sportsbet.com.au...

To fill people in a little. Australia has a system similar to the UK, the Westminster system. They elect local representatives who belong to political parties or are registered as independents. The party that holds the most seats in parliament forms government and elects the leader (Prime Minister). Australians do not directly elect the Prime minister. Australia has had many changes in Prime minister over the last decade as part of party infighting.

One major point of difference in Australian politics is that voting (or at least polling station attendance) is compulsory. Australians are fined if they do not have their name struck off the electoral role. You do not have to correctly fill out the ballet papers though, this is called casting an informal vote. These often take the form of intricate drawings of mens genitals apparently lol. It is significant to note that Australia has some of the highest election participation in the world.

This makes our elections unique. Politicians don't so much need to inspire their 'base' to show up like in the United States, more they have to plead their case to undecided "'swinging voters" who may not be politically engaged. This tends to mean that Australian politics is quite boring and "safe" and holds the middle ground.

For decades, both major parties, Centre Right Liberal-National coalition and Centre Left Labor have basically been a choice between much the same thing. Both upheld the neo-liberal globalist agenda. In this election however, Labor is presenting an option that moves away from neoliberalism. They are proposing a more interventionist economic model based on European style centrist economics. This is a major shift away from what is the norm in Australia. Combined with their close but difficult allegiance with the Australian Greens (a smaller environmental party that is more or less democratic socialist), if elected, they will be the most left wing government Australia has had since the 1970's.

Below is an article from Reuters describing things from an international perspective. Just letting ATS know what is happening down under. Keep in mind, this could all be wrong as you never know in politics. All indicators point to a lurch to the left in Australia on Saturday however.

Cheers




SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s opposition Labor party is on course to win power at this weekend’s national election, a widely watched poll showed on Thursday, as conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison fails to woo voters with his promise of economic stability.

An Essential Poll for The Guardian newspaper showed Labor ahead of Morrison’s coalition government by a margin of 51.5-48.5 on a two-party preferred basis where votes are distributed until a winner is declared.

The poll is one of the last barometers of Morrison’s standing with voters, who have largely been unswayed by his campaign message that Labor would damage Australia’s economy, which has recorded 28 years of consecutive growth.

Morrison has centered his campaign on his government’s projection to deliver Australia’s first budget surplus in more than 10 years.

Labor, which has lost the last two elections in 2013 and 2016, has promised to match the government’s 2019-20 surplus and then deliver a bigger surplus in 2020-21.

Labor leader Bill Shorten has also appealed to disillusioned voters, both young and old, promising to make the country’s taxation system fairer and to fight climate change.

Morrison and Shorten will on Thursday deliver speeches in last-minute pitches to undecided voters.

The speeches come as the Australian Financial Review newspaper endorsed Morrison, joining nearly all of the country’s largest newspapers in supporting the conservative prime minister.


www.reuters.com...
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posted on May, 15 2019 @ 10:40 PM
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I'm pretty much as "labor" as labor gets.
And i know full well any party that has ever existed in the history of the entire world that uses "labor" as part of their name absolutely does not have the best interest of the common working man at heart.

Good luck Aussies. Looks like you're screwed.

Hopefully at least as you fall into miserable tyranny it will wake up the fence sitters in the US.
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posted on May, 15 2019 @ 10:41 PM
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Amazing! marking this to see what happens. I never heard of anything so outlandish? I guess maybe that's where the term came from?



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 10:43 PM
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Also I was the 1st to S&F this interesting topic.



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 10:46 PM
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a reply to: harold223

What a mess, I'm sure skomo signed his election loss by aligning with Clive Palmer, anyhow it makes little difference, we are screwed either way.



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 10:51 PM
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a reply to: harold223

How does it make you feel that your forced to choose a side/party...rather than have collective thoughts..as citizens that may not meet a provided narrative?

Same goes for me here in the US, I don't like it. How do we abolish "Parties" AKA coordinated division.




posted on May, 15 2019 @ 10:57 PM
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Poor Ausies. The kangaroos will have more personal rights than their citizens will have shortly.



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 10:59 PM
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originally posted by: Sabrechucker
a reply to: harold223

How does it make you feel that your forced to choose a side/party...rather than have collective thoughts..as citizens that may not meet a provided narrative?

Same goes for me here in the US, I don't like it. How do we abolish "Parties" AKA coordinated division.



We're not really forced to as such, you can vote for an independent if one is standing in your electorate (the region you live) but the system is preferential. A normal ballet paper has maybe between 4-10 candidates and you number them sequentially. If you first preference doesn't get in, your second, third is counted etc. The person you put last has the least chance of getting your vote. Parties may include, liberal-national Coalition, labor, greens, One Nation, Animal Justice, Help End Marijuana Prohibition, some random independent. Its all based on preference counts though. If you vote 1 random independent and 2 major party, unless lots of people in that seat have voted random independent guy, you have voted for the major party.

We also have a seperate ballet for the senate. That acts as a house of review. Often these minor fringe parties get people in their and they can block legislation and do deals to get some of their policies through. Its not perfect but it works ok.



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:01 PM
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originally posted by: Sabrechucker
a reply to: harold223

How does it make you feel that your forced to choose a side/party...rather than have collective thoughts..as citizens that may not meet a provided narrative?

Same goes for me here in the US, I don't like it. How do we abolish "Parties" AKA coordinated division.




There are independents and 'smaller' parties in Australia. List of political parties in Australia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spoiled for choice.



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:01 PM
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Labor, which has lost the last two elections in 2013 and 2016, has promised to match the government’s 2019-20 surplus and then deliver a bigger surplus in 2020-21. 


Is this just shoddy reporting; or is this really what is driving the election?

I mean ... you know... if you vote for me I promise to not only match the government's 2019-20 surplus, but I plan to deliver an even BIGGER surplus in 2020-21.

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Good luck with your election



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:01 PM
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a reply to: harold223

Very clearly and succinctly stated.




posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:03 PM
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originally posted by: DanDanDat

Labor, which has lost the last two elections in 2013 and 2016, has promised to match the government’s 2019-20 surplus and then deliver a bigger surplus in 2020-21. 


Is this just shoddy reporting; or is this really what is driving the election?

I mean ... you know... if you vote for me I promise to not only match the government's 2019-20 surplus, but I plan to deliver an even BIGGER surplus in 2020-21.

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Good luck with your election



You'd vote for a party that would try and make things worse?




posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:07 PM
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a reply to: chr0naut

Personally I'd vote for the party that was being honest; if that means they are telling me I'm $hit out of luck I can live with that.



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:08 PM
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originally posted by: DanDanDat
a reply to: chr0naut

Personally I'd vote for the party that was being honest; if that means they are telling me I'm $hit out of luck I can live with that.




Honesty and politics are like oil and water...



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:09 PM
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Whilst we do have compulsory voter turnout, its made up for with the democracy sausage.



en.wikipedia.org...

Most polling stations have a sausage sizzle going so you can get a cheap sausage and bread. It's usually run by a local community group as a fundraiser. Some sell cupcakes and in my area, the Vietnamese community usually home made spring rolls.



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:12 PM
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originally posted by: DanDanDat
a reply to: chr0naut

Personally I'd vote for the party that was being honest; if that means they are telling me I'm $hit out of luck I can live with that.


They have analysts who calculate what effects their policies have on budgetary outcome.

Apparently, they believe that they can save up a bit more.

Nor is budgetary surplus necessarily a good thing. Sometimes you gotta make a big investment to get a reasonable return.



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:12 PM
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dbl
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posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:12 PM
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a reply to: harold223

I dont see Labor being the front runners to be honest.
Bill Shorten (who leads labor) is hated. His 'preferred prime minster' poll stands at something like 30%
Scott Morrison (who leads liberals) is liked much more (but not loved)

However, Labor is the 'preferred party' by 55% - 45% liberals

I think Australia will elect someone they like (and take a party they kinda like) over someone they hate (and a party they kinda like)

my honest opinion, it will be a hung parliament and Clive Palmers Party will pickup enough votes to be the decider - he's already said he'd go Liberal (Scott Morrison)

The past weekend I found myself in 4 ubers... i asked each driver and they all said ''i voted Clive Palmer''

Personally, I want Albanese to be our PM, he's labor!.. No doubt Bill or Scott will be knifed and replaced within 12months anyway
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posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:24 PM
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a reply to: harold223

Sounds like it could be legalization time!



posted on May, 15 2019 @ 11:40 PM
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originally posted by: EmmanuelGoldstein
a reply to: harold223

Sounds like it could be legalization time!


It'll happen here eventually. As far as drug laws go, what drugs are illegal and the laws surrounding them are state government issues. It's up to the seperate state governments to legalise. We have 6 states and 2 territories. All the federal government can do as far as cannabis is concerned is legislate what is and is not allowed to pass international borders. My state decriminalised cannabis possession and small scale cultivation in 1987 but its still illegal and you get fined with no record rather than criminally charged. Better than some states though, they still charge you.

Fingers crossed for legalisation in the near future though for sure




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