Tough to choose as Senate selection sheet extends a metre
AS THE saying goes - it's huge.
The Federal Election on September 7 has been a big part of just about everybody's lives for the last month - and the Electoral Commission has had to come up with huge ballot papers to accommodate the hundreds of candidates and growing number of parties.
The Senate ballot paper is a metre wide and you won't be able to open it out fully in the polling booth.
The green ballot paper is for the House of Representatives and in Flynn there is plenty of choice with the LNP, Labor, Greens, a couple of independents, Family First, Palmer United Party and Katter's Australian Party and the Rise Up Australia Party.
But on the wide-screen Senate paper there are no less than 36 political parties and 82 candidates to choose from.
Discovery Coast voter Denise Wild, who lives on a property outside a major centre, has chosen to postal vote and said she was shocked at the size of the Senate ballot paper and the number of parties and candidates.
"If you vote in town you will get this paper two minutes before you vote and have to make all these choices," she said.
"You won't even be able to open it up and read it properly in the polling booths."
And what about some of these newish parties? There are some interesting choices.
The Sex Party and the Pirate Party catch the eye; their policies are a bit interesting too.
And then there is the Animal Justice Party at the top of the list, plus the Stop the Greens, Stable Population Party and the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (Hemp) Party.
Other Political Parties
- Shooters and Fishers
- No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics
- Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party
- Smokers Rights
Spoilt for political choice
IT used to be Labor, Liberal or the Country Party.
The Country Party became the Nationals and the Democrats came on the scene.
Then the Greens started to get noticed and the number of political parties has continued to grow.
Choice is a good thing, but the number of registered political parties for the Federal Election has grown exponentially.
And many are a good alternative, giving voice to otherwise unheard opinions and positions.
But it does make it a bit confusing.
And the number of candidates for the Senate is simply mind boggling if you are going to chose from one to 76 in order of preference.
Of course you can go the party line on your Senate ballot paper and tick above the line the party of your choice and they will decide your preferences.