Sep 14, 2017

Lovin' Life 14/9/2017: My Right To Vote.

Our council elections were held over the weekend so we joined the rest of the neighbourhood in making the trek to our local primary school to cast our vote.



Some of us travelled via scooter, others on foot.  There were dogs in tow, prams in tow and even the odd balloon.  But sadly, no sausage sizzle or cake stall.

I'm just going to come right out and say it but you can't have an election without on site food and beverages.  Aside from the sustenance, the stalls add colour, noise and vibrancy to the day.  Voters mill around and chat as they peruse what's on offer and the proceeds from the sales on the day benefit the host primary school.



Preschooler SSG enjoyed the outing nonetheless.  Because it was quiet, he got to explore the school's playground and have a go at a few of the games on his own.



By coincidence, we found ourselves at Circular Quay on Sunday at around the same time that a marriage equality rally was concluding in the forecourt of Customs House.  In a peaceful yet powerful demonstration, members of the LGBT community stood shoulder to shoulder with their heterosexual supporters under an expanse of rainbows, pithy placards and simple yet devastatingly effective costumes.



People of different religious faiths were present in a statement that their God focuses on love above all else.




Several thoughts crossed my mind as I went to vote on Saturday and as I sat in that food court on Sunday in the midst of the crowd of marriage equality supporters.

The right to vote and the right to equality and free speech are all effortless to me.  They're all practically handed to me on a silver platter.  The thought that I or my family could be persecuted or even killed for not toeing some political line doesn't even cross my mind as I cast my vote or look over the campaign material for the 'yes' and 'no' campaigns.  No one is watching me or being encouraged to speak against me by some omnipresent ruling party.

But as with anything that's so easily come by comes the risk that politics become a meaningless blur of media sound bites and headline grabbing policies.  I'm taking steps each day to become more aware of what our politicians are actually doing rather than what they say.  Curiously, this getting of wisdom happens around bedtime as I listen to ABC News Radio.  But it's a start, at least.

Judging from the crowd on Sunday, Australia and all its people are ready to acknowledge that love is love.

19 comments:

  1. We underestimate just how fortunate we are with our democratic system - whilst at the same time taking it for granted as we complain about the homogeneity of our politicians & the white noise of the political advertising. #TeamLovinLife

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  2. We have a lot of SS parented families in our school, I have found this fiasco very destressing on their behalf. While I'm a YES, I can barely look their children in the eye because I feel ashamed of what we are doing to them (that's the big joke, no one is 'thinking of the children' by holding this suvey). Anyway, your photo of the Christian placard gives me hope. And apparently the majority of Catholics are in the YES camp too. I do worry how the government will deap with the fall out if the vote comes in NO. We will have created a 2nd class of citizens and that will have tragic results.

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  3. I missed the sausage sizzle and the lamington sale too at the local election! The local school sure did miss a good fundraising opportunity there!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  4. I literally have no idea what politicians do over what they say. I suspect the doing is quite little. Which is sad.

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  5. I agree that we sometimes can take our rights and privilege for granted. I know I certainly do and I think many of us don't ever stop to recognise how fortunate we are. #teamlovinlife

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  6. Love it at Circular Quay. It would have been quite a different scene there then the usual with the rally going on. I'm glad it was peaceful and no drama. It is time to acknowledge that 'love is love' I believe! #TeamLovinLife

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  7. So true about how we take what is our democracy for granted. Great post. The reason some schools do not do the sausage sizzle and cake stall is highly likely to be because no-one would volunteer for it. My grandkids school of a student population of over 850 was calling out on FB over and over for parents to help out. Eventually they did for the barbecue. I did postal voting this year because...wait for it...I would have been very upset not to have a democracy sausage because I can't eat things like that yet!!

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  8. Was that a Handmaid in the food court? Loved that series on SBS - very thought provoking!

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  9. It's amazing to think that women didn't used to have the vote, or even the aborigines (and that was comparatively recently, well, the year I was born). Pretty sure we will look back on this and wonder what all the fuss was about! I still think the plebiscite is a huge waste of money - it's not even binding ...

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  10. Let's hope so. Yet Trump got in as POTUS and BREXIT got through. My hope for the future has diminished.

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  11. What?! No sausage sizzle! That's outrageous!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  12. We were in the city last weekend and stumbled into the remnants of one of the demonstrations - like you the different costumes and colourful signs and outfits made me smile. It will be so interesting to see what comes out of the result - not just the result, but what the politicians do with it afterwards.

    You're right too, we have so many rights we take for granted, we are so lucky to live in Australia.

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  13. I was only saying to my hubby yesterday when he asked me if he had to fill out his marriage equality postal vote, "Yes you do. Some people get shot for voting the way they want to. Why waste your vote!".

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  14. Let's just hope everyone who has the right to vote actually votes. I'm just rather annoyed at the cost of the postal vote! Why not just have an extra piece of paper at the next election ... it can't be too far away :) #TeamLovinLife

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  15. PS - I volunteered at cake stalls and barbecues at our kids' school for years, as I was on the committee. It's always the same parents with few extra volunteers :(

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  16. With a teen in the house who is a first time voter in our nationwide elections very soon. There have been many conversations about democracy, human rights and trusting what a politician voices at election time compared to their actions during the rest of the political term.

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  17. I reminded my hubby yesterday that some people are shot for voting the way they want in some parts of the world, after he asked whether or not he had to fill in the same sex marriage vote. Why would you waste the opportunity to have your say?

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