Since I have to vote in this year’s Australian Federal election (my bid to be removed from the electoral roll failed), I decided to try to enjoy the process as much as possible. This is made somewhat easier by the ridiculous names of the parties competing for a senate seat in my home town and no doubt elsewhere in Australia too.
In the Senate ballot apart from the usual suspects – Labor, Liberal and Greens, I have the choice to choose a member from the following, sometimes hilarious sounding, parties:
No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics – obviously not up to date on the current scientific literature.
Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) party – nice acronym there guys
The Wikileaks Party – their sole aim is to get Julian Assange a senate seat, which he won’t be able to hold cause he is currently holded up in a Ecuadoran embassy.
Rise Up Australia Party – a we hate muslims party. Nice. Not.
Sex Party – despite the name these guys actually have a fairly comprehensive platform
Australian Fishing & Lifestyle Party
Stop the Greens – wow, looks like someone hates to see any attempt to preserve the environment for future generations
Smokers Rights – someone is annoyed that you can no longer smoke in pubs & restaurants
Bullet Train for Australia
Australian Protectionist Party
Animal Justice Party
Family First Party – like all the other parties are ignoring ‘working families’. Not.
Stable Population Party – a stop having children & cut down on immigration party.
One Nation – the main we hate immigrants party.
Shooters & Fishers
Stop CSG – umm, what does CSG even mean?
Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting)
Pirate Party – I would dearly love to vote for these guys, but given how disorganised they are in Germany, I don’t have confidence that they aren’t the same in Oz
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party
As you can see most of them are one issue parties, which is not what I want from a senator. I want the party that represents me to have well-thought out positions on a range of political topics. Still they do allow you to have a bit of a chuckle as you wrestle with the 99cm long ballot paper (yes, I measured it).