Archive for March 26, 2003

Useful Donkeys A friend of

March 26, 2003

Useful Donkeys

A friend of mine who reads this site posed me the following question:

Are you for voluntary voting?
Compulsory voting is one of the great things about Australia

My answer was along the lines of “I don’t really have an opinion of it one way or the other”. It’s something I’ve never seriously given much thought to, since I would vote whether it was compulsory or not. Having no opinion sucks though, because opinions are fun, and the stronger the better!

The only thing I could think of is that compulsory voting is just another thing that the goverment forces us to do, so from a civil rights point of view it’s a mild annoyance, but hardly oppressive. I do have a friend who has been absolved of his voting responsibilites – a result of delivering a profanity filled tirade to a government official after receiving a fine for not voting.

Apart from him, however, I don’t hear a lot of discussion about the topic. Is this because everyone loves compulsory voting, or does nobody care?

This is your chance to indoctrinate me, loyal readers! Comment in the box below on the merits or failings of compulsory voting – best argument gets my vote, compulsory or not.

Is the Australian system of forcing people to vote a good thing, or should we be like America, and just let people decide for themselves if voting is worth their time and effort. Please give at least one reason for your view – that’s all I ask!

War in Iraq leading to

March 26, 2003

War in Iraq leading to Increase in Dumb Search Requests

Brett Lee doesn’t have a girlfriend. If you are an attractive young woman looking for casual sex, I am also a young fast bowler of considerable talent. Thank you for reading my blog.

Update: Rob Corr groupies of the world – Unite! Unfortunately for you unwashed ferals, Rob does have a girlfriend.

Upupdate: Bloody oath we are mate!

“Peace” Protests getting less peaceful

March 26, 2003

“Peace” Protests getting less peaceful every day

Gareth has the details on the latest “free speech” in Perth. Protestors voiced their opinions on police horses by throwing bottles at them, tried to storm the US consulate again, etc etc. Fuckwits.

Update: Shucks, we were upstaged again, this time by Paris.

Confessions of a Youth Activist

March 26, 2003

Confessions of a Youth Activist

Adam is posting a series of essays he wrote as a young lad. Here’s an excerpt:

I also dont think we should be in Rwanada or Bosnia because they are not our wars and if Aborigines started having wars with us I wouldn’t want the Royal Nicaraguan Peacekeeping force helping us.

I did not celebrate Anzac because I am against war and think politicians who sent people to die in Nam should beheaded.

to the radical young man who penned the above? This:

Just goes to show that there is still hope for the multitude of young, impressionable minds currently protesting every second day around the nation.

Stew Kelly seems to think

March 26, 2003

Stew Kelly seems to think that the Coalition forces might use WMD in retaliation if Saddam does. Earth to Stu, the fact that Saddam might use WMD has never been a secret. If the coalition was planning on using WMDs, Baghdad would be glowing in the dark as we speak.

We aren’t planning on using them, and are taking every precaution to minimise civilian casualities. If we weren’t, Baghdad would already have been captured.

Apologies for not blogging since

March 26, 2003

Apologies for not blogging since last week. I don’t have a good excuse, except to say that I’ve been spending way too much time away from the PC. Normal blogging should resume next week.