Elections

I’m sitting here, at either OMG it’s late… or OMG it’s early. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Where am I sitting?

Well, it’s Election Night. And so now, I am in the Voting Centre Manager room, with a feast set out infront of me of cheese, chocolate, strawberries, nut bars, and coffee.

It is a thank you for all our hard work, ensuring a good Election is had by all.

In Australia, we’ re proud of our Elections. They are one of the fairest in the world, and are conducted without fear.

I’m writing about this because our Elections are close to my heart.

Sometimes, I wonder about young 18 year olds who don’t understand the importance of their vote.

The fact is, for women, this is a right that they were willing to die for. One famous British lady, actually through herself underneath the hooves of the King’s horse at the races, in order to have this right realised.

It was after women received the vote that rape, domestic violence and child abuse became crimes.

And there are plenty of people in other countries where people are fighting and willing to sacrifice their lives for the simple right to determine who will rule their government.

So, if you’re living in a country where the vote is allowed, become engaged in politics, take an interest.

Your vote is precious.

I live in a Democracy and I know how to use it

In Australia, we are lucky enough to live in a Democracy, and we have it good.

Okay, so there are still people who live hand to mouth with affording to pay their bills, but look at it this way. In most other countries, there is no pension, or Social Security at all.

And yet, people still complain about Australia and Australian politics. They say that the Government needs to take more responsibility and make better decisions. But how many of the people complaining actually send a letter to their local Member of Parliament, and voice their opinions to the one person who can possible act on them.

The other week, I took the liberty to write to my own Member of Parliament. I sent off an email, thanking him for his role in making my life in Australia what it is – full of freedom, with the ability to voice my own opinion without fear, for providing Social Security to those who need it, and education to the younger generations.

And you know what?

He sent back a lovely self signed letter thanking me for acknowledging what the Government is doing for the Australian people.

So, next time you’re at the Pub or having dinner out, wishing to complain that life isn’t what you’d like and blaming our Pollies, think about writing a civilised letter to your local MP, and tell them.

How can our MPs make decisions for the people, when ordinary Australians keep them in the dark, while the lobby groups with agendas against our principles spend lots of money and time in bending the ear of these valuable decision makers.

I urge you to take up pen and paper, or email, and let the politicians know what you like and dislike about this great country.

Be polite, and let them see a balanced perspective. Tell them what they’re doing right and wrong.

Use your voice, use your privilege of living in a country that believes in Freedom of Speech, and let them know your thoughts, your dreams, and your fears.

And just maybe, you’ll be taking part in creating a better world for all.