Remember a few days ago when I warned that the ALP might not give you a week to fix up your enrolment? That despite the fact that it would help the conservatives by blocking many Labor voters from fixing their enrolments, the ALP might prefer to wear the damage if it means hurting the Greens (even Greens voters who preference the ALP) even more?
Well, that’s what they’ve done.
If you’re not on the roll for some reason (including if mail’s been sent to your address and gotten waylaid so the AEC thinks you’re no longer there), the rolls close on Monday at 8pm. If you are on the roll but your details are wrong, you’ve got three more days – till Thursday – to fix them. And that’s it.
Although the electoral law change that enables the quick closing of the rolls was a Coalition scheme that Labor has not yet been able to reverse in parliament, there was nothing stopping Gillard announcing the election date and then waiting a week to issue the writs and start the roll-closing clock.
Except, it would seem, absolute contempt for tens of thousands of Australian voters.
Strike… what is it now, five?
AND: Check out the “issues” the big parties declare will decide the election:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition leader Tony Abbott have signalled the economy, border protection and climate change
Three policies on which they’re almost identical. They both want to cave to the big three miners (although Tony wants to give them everything); they both want to treat asylum seekers with utter contempt (although only Tony wants to drag the boats out to sea so they sink); and they both want to look like they’re kind of doing something about climate change but without actually doing anything about climate change.
These are the issues on which they think Australian public is going to choose between the two big parties? Good luck, fellow citizens. Hope you’ve brought your magnifying glasses!
Nah, just kidding. Anyone who is making a choice on those three issues, or others, knows who the real alternative is.