act now

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its too late

when I am gone

you miss me

Jill took this photo of a mural on the side wall of a gym beside our hotel in Napier, New Zealand. The repeating line says it all with regard to the madness that is economic growth, (the obsession of politicians and multi nationals) around the world today. Time is running out for so many species of birds and other natural life forms but people can still act in many legitimate ways beginning with their vote.

Why is compulsory voting so rare around the world? because it does  hold politicians accountable ( what would the recent presidential election results have been in the USA with compulsory voting?) So push for compulsory voting if  you don’t have it and then push for sustainable economic growth from your governments or better still just a balanced economy .

Meanwhile back in our yard we continue to plant local indigenous vegetation to lure back our little birds that still hang on as they look for their natural foods. And in Australia we have compulsory voting  and that means our current federal government will be accountable for their attacks on our environment.

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18 thoughts on “act now

    1. What are your thoughts about compulsory voting in the USA Annette. My thoughts are if one has a right to not vote then you hand away the right not to be governed democratically as in for e.g. 21% of the eligible voters vote in a new President . Whereas if your right is that you do vote and there is democratic choice of candidates then a true majority has a say as to how they are governed as we do in Australia.

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  1. I like your no nonsense transformation of the mural message. Compulsory voting sounds like worth a shot…I’m wondering how long you’ve had it in Australia? In Canada there has been talk of electoral reform to allow for better correlation between popular vote and representation….

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    1. WE have had it since 1924 Federally and from 1915 in Queensland to the last state WA taking it up in 1942. So it is now at all levels of government and that includes local council government.There are arguments for and against Compulsory voting , the against ones are quite weak. A strong point is that it becomes difficult for coercion to be used to prevent disadvantaged people (the old, illiterate or disabled) to vote, and for obstacles to be put in the way of classes of individuals (ethnic/coloured; either registration requirements or placement of voting booths) as often happens under other voting systems. This last point was so obvious in the recent US presidential election, especially in Republican governed states.

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      1. That is a well-established system of compulsory voting. I find it quite interesting that it is not discussed as an option in countries such as Canada and the US….especially in the wake of those apparent attempts in the US election to steer people away from the polls.

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        1. Compulsory voting is a true indicator of a democratic state, where there is choice of candidates for voters and no blatant interference in usurping the will of the people as they voted. I think a country fools itself if it pretends to be called a democracy and does not have compulsory voting. Of the 22 countries that have compulsory voting only Australia and Belgium and possibly Greece can be truly called democratic, the other 19 have regular coups or military interference or rampant corruption or nepotism and often all 4. So calling the USA a democracy is a little bit ……… and Canada, well why not go for it now the country is again governed by democratic realists. Thats just my opinion Janice as a humble political scientist.

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          1. Very interesting to read your thought Denis. Clearly there are major vested interests in North America who don’t want acknowledge compulsory voting even as an option.

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          2. Hi Denis…I thought I had replied but the reply arrow is not showing. I apologize if you get two. Your thoughts are interesting. I did a quick search and apparently there was some mention last summer of compulsory voting as a possibility when our Prime Minister announced electoral reform was on the table. It will be interesting to see what they come up with.

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            1. Sounds good Janice, the Canadian people have certainly gone against world trends by electing a truly progressive , intelligent and caring PM. You may find Trump building a wall on your border to keep Americans in the USA.
              Start pushing for it at grass roots level!!!

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  2. It is sad though. Countries which have democracy, many people don’t exercise their rights to vote; if it is mandatory, it removes their freedom to abstain. People don’t care enough to vote? Or they feel that politics is so far removed from their lives that it does not matter?

    I voted for UK to stay in EU. Brexit happened. I can’t complain, because it is the nature of democracy. Ironically, it is my friends who did not bother to vote at the time, who are complaining now.

    Mandatory vote would be nice. At least the result will reflect the true spirit of democracy.

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