July 2 is polling day, but quite a number pre-poll.
Election 2016 voting officially begins on Tuesday, with the opening of pre-poll centres across the Illawarra.
Voters in the electorates of Cunningham and Whitlam (formerly Throsby) can cast their votes at 153 Keira Street, Wollongong – the old Workout World building – from 8.30am on Tuesday…
You can vote early either in person or by post if on election day you:
- are outside the electorate where you are enrolled to vote
- are more than 8km from a polling place
- are travelling
- are unable to leave your workplace to vote
- are seriously ill, infirm or due to give birth shortly (or caring for someone who is)
- are a patient in hospital and can’t vote at the hospital
- have religious beliefs that prevent you from attending a polling place
- are in prison serving a sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained
- are a silent elector
- have a reasonable fear for your safety.
In this country you have to attend a poll. Whether once there you actually vote is possibly another matter, but we do have “Compulsory Voting” in Australia. I am 100% in favour of that. See Mungo MacCallum, The case for compulsory voting.
Compulsory voting ensures people take an occasional interest in choosing a government, and therefore in public policy. If not, they risk surrendering it to the fanatical and the unscrupulous…
Here in Cunningham electorate I see we have an extra candidate for the House of Reps.
BLAKEY Cath The Greens
WATERS Nathan Science Party
BLICAVS Michelle Liberal
RYAN Michelle Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
BIRD Sharon Labor Sitting MHR
FLANAGAN John Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting)
Sharon Bird will win, but I was rather intrigued by Nathan Waters.
Entrepreneur, consultant, technologist and event coordinator always looking to combine new technology and people to make the world more awesome.
The Science Party is also running Senate candidates. They have quite a few policy objectives I can share. And speaking of the Senate. Here is how we now vote.
I think I will be doing “below the line”. There are some weird and whacky candidates too, so I really do recommend going to Senate – New South Wales where you will find all laid out with links to more information from the candidates.
They come from all walks of life, united by their love of and belief in the Arts, in Culture, in Education and Community. These are the champions who have stepped up at this election.