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08/25/2010 05:37 PM ID: 85236 Permalink   

Three Independent Deputies Decide Australian Vote

 

Three independent deputies and one from the green party decide about the future Australian government. In the election last Sunday neither the governing Labor party nor the conservative Liberals could win a majority.

This current draw between the two big parties puts some independent delegates in an unique and powerful position. On Tuesday the three legislators met in Canberra to reflect whether to support government or opposition.

As all of the three independents are delegates from urban areas, health care, education and Internet access will be the issues to tip the scale.

 
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the election was held on Saturday, the three Independents are from Rural areas and the Independents are Senators, unless deputies is the term Americans use..
 
  by: blackshroud   08/26/2010 01:34 AM     
  We should just vote again...  
 
I would rather change my vote to the opposing major party then let the minority speak for the interest of the majority of Australians.
Of coarse if they demand the national broadband network still takes place under a liberal government I take all that back.
I just want my 1000 megabit interwebz!
 
  by: shiftyfarker   08/26/2010 01:49 AM     
  I love it  
 
I love it, Finally I got what I voted for!!!
ohh shifty, you want to vote again because it didn´t go your way. well now us green an independent voters finally get a voice we have put up with the two big parties for long enough, the nation voted and power has fallen to the independents stop being a baby and accept the result.

And if the government ends up with both the Greens and Bob Katter on the same side then you know everything will be debated thoroughly, extreme legislation will be blocked and we might actually get fair and balance legislation. And I want my megawhiz Interwebz too

[ edited by veya_victaous ]
 
  by: veya_victaous     08/26/2010 02:48 AM     
  thanks  
 
@blackshroud: of course you re right - i had to write the news three times because of a bug. confused me ;) actually i meant rural areas, otherwise it makes no sense.
i wonder how it passed the newschecker ;)
 
  by: Matin   08/26/2010 05:55 PM     
  Maybe I´m just thick  
 
Don´t you find it confusing that the conservative party is called the Liberal party?

I mean, I know that "liberal" isn´t such a dirty word as it is in America, but when someone says something like "...takes place under a liberal government" how can you tell whether he or she means a Liberal government (by name) or an actual liberal government.

[ edited by jamesmc ]
 
  by: jamesmc   08/27/2010 03:14 AM     
  @ jamesmc  
 
in Australia everything is Sarcastic even the names of the political parties
;-)

in Australian
Liberal = Xenophobic, homophobic, anti-drug, big corporate sellouts. sort of the reverse of what it means in America.

Australian people say ´Green politics´ where Americans say ´Liberal politics´.
 
  by: veya_victaous     08/30/2010 04:13 AM     
 
 
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