Bernard Keane talks total crap in today’s edition of Crikey:
…No matter how much you dislike it, the major parties end up with your money, courtesy of public political funding, and your vote, courtesy of compulsory preferential voting.
Actually, the big parties only get the money for your vote if you choose to give it to them. If you vote for a different party, like the Greens, the funding goes to that party instead, and is denied to all the others.
And by “your vote”, I can only assume he means your preference when you put one of them above the other, albeit way down your ballot paper. Because your preferences can be allocated where you like – and whilst putting a big party down the bottom but not as far down as the other big party helps them against that other big party, it in no way equals your endorsement. All it equals is your abject opposition to the big party you put lowest – and would you really want it any other way? It’s like claiming everyone who puts Conroy last is actually voting for the CEC, just because they put the neo-Nazis above the filter guy. The truth is, they quite clearly voted against BOTH OF THEM.
And, yes, there’s no getting around that because of all the elections that have led to this point, combined with the single-member electorate system, it’s inevitable that either Labor or Liberal will, in some fashion or other, form government after tomorrow.
But recognising that fact does not mean consigning ourselves to it in perpetuity. It doesn’t have to be that way forever. The Labor and Liberal parties are not in our Constitution. They are not immutable laws of the land. They both had a beginning, and they can both have an end. If people stop voting for the incumbents – the two big parties – and vote for someone who hasn’t repeatedly let them down.
The only reason we end up with these big parties is a majority of voters giving them their first preference. If that bothers you, then don’t be one of them. Vote for a smaller party that more closely aligns with your views on the issues that are important to you. That will push the country in the direction you would like it to go.
Don’t be part of the problem that is propping up two creaking, undemocratic, contemptible old parties – vote for someone else, and be part of the solution.
ELSEWHERE: Tony Abbott’s promises to be paid for by cutting $1.5 billion from education including from the poorest students in the country.
This disgraceful revelation completely ignored by News Ltd, still busy doing everything it can to help Tony over the line.
Voting for anybody but Labor puts us at risk of an Abbott government.
That’s Julia Gillard, there, telling shameless lies. And here’s a nameless ALP hack in Crikey, trying to confuse Melbourne voters with more lies:
But a Labor strategist hit back, saying that if the ALP ends up on 72 seats in a hung parliament, then Bandt’s presence would deny Gillard the keys to the Lodge.
“Adam can’t have it both ways, if he gives Julia a rolled-gold guarantee that he’s going to back Labor than there’s no point electing him because he will not have any voice. If he’s going to horse trade with independents then by definition he is calling that [solidarity] into question. His campaign is diminishing Labor’s chances of holding government.”
That doesn’t make any sense. Of course the Greens are neither going to do everything Labor wants, nor put Abbott in the Lodge. Yes, their campaign is diminishing Labor’s chances of holding government outright, in a situation where it doesn’t have to deal with the Greens. Yes, it’s diminishing Labor’s chances of being able to completely ignore the left, as they’ve done this whole last parliament. But, presumably, that’s exactly what Melbourne voters want. They want the ALP to stop ignoring progressives, and the only way to ensure that is to vote for an actual progressive party, the Greens. Labor wants the votes of progressives whose principles it can then ignore for the next three years.
Hence this ridiculous, and shameless scaremongering.
(As we’ve previously discussed, a vote for the Greens with preferences to Labor is the strongest anti-Abbott vote. Much stronger than a straight ALP vote.)