Labor can win

by on 22 December, 2012

Six months is a long time in Australian politics, especially when the people who decide our elections are non-interested swinging voters who have little or no idea of what is really going on.

Six months is a long time in Australian politics, especially when the
people who decide our elections are non-interested swinging voters who have
little or no idea of what is really going on. 

For all of the logic and reasoning that says Labor can’t win, due to their blatant lies, corruption, incompetence, and
waste, none of it matters because the people who determine our election
outcomes don’t have a clue. All they see is what’s on the surface, and Labor
knows it.

Labor knows that provided they keep attacking the Liberals and Tony
Abbott, and defending themselves as if they’re the victims, they can maintain
an election-winning image. They can literally fake it until they make it
because the people who decide who governs Australia aren’t really paying
attention.

Disengaged voters don’t know Abbott’s not sexist – they haven’t watched
him closely enough for long enough. As far as they know, his whole attack could
be based on sexism and greed. After all, they think he looks
sexist and people know he fancies big business.

It’s hard to imagine Labor winning in the face of the type of ads the
Liberals will run, but if Labor retaliates hard and it turns into a brawl – a campaign
of fear and smear based on lies and sensationalism about workers rights,
misogyny and boat people, the melee that ensues will be lost on the swinging
voters. They’ll switch off and say ‘they’re
all as bad as each other’
, and this is a battle Labor knows how to win.

Remember that under our system of compulsory voting, almost anything is
possible. Policy doesn’t matter, substance doesn’t matter and truth certainly doesn’t
matter because the people deciding our election outcomes aren’t really paying
attention.

The reason they aren’t paying attention is because our leaders rely on
force to motivate people to vote. They don’t need to inspire or motivate anyone
with good ideas, all they need to do is be a little less repulsive than the other
guys and compulsory voting does the rest.

If the ALP gets close before the next election and then gets another
bump in the polls from a leadership switch, the new 1.5 million voters thanks
to automatic voter enrollment could be enough to get them over the line.

The ALP knows this, which is why they’ve introduced automatic
enrollment. The Liberals know it too, which is why they oppose it.

Unfortunately, opposing automatic enrollment is not the answer. The
Liberals must oppose compulsory voting. But they’re too stupid to realize it.

They’re too stupid to realize that they would hold the moral high
ground if the oppose compulsory voting, but look like fascists when they oppose automatic voter registration.

Jason Kent

Free Our Right To Vote

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