Week 6 – Politics – Who are you voting for?

Before studying this week’s topic of ‘Politics and the Internet’, I wouldn’t have labelled myself as a person which is actively involved in any type of politics. I come from a politics free family, with a satisfactory understanding of the Australian Political Party systems. It was so fascinating to see what party aligns with my core values as the election is not far away! I am genuinely pleased that I completed the tutorial tasks to find out my political position, as it will help me vote in the coming weeks for the party that I believe will move Australia forward.

Although politics is quite a personal/private topic that people tend to disagree on, I’ve decided to share where my political views aligned before and after the questionnaire. Before the questionnaire, I would have voted Labour. I believed Kevin Rudd had the ability to speak well, answer questions in a timely manner and also ask challenging questions to the opposition. I disliked the fact that Rudd often commented that Tony Abbot wouldn’t be able to handle the big position. It was interesting to see how Rudd made comments about Tony Abbot lacking the ‘temperament to deal with crises like Seria’ (Sheridan 2013).  After a series of long questions, I found two topics out of the thirty questions that I felt quite passionately about such as the economy, in bringing the budget back to surplus and the controversial topic of gay marriage.

Firstly with the topic of the budget, I researched a graph found on the Australian Conservative website. This image depicts the two parties and how much money they spent. During the times that labour has been leading the nation, we have faced numerous economic crisis such as the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 (Courier Mail, 2013).

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Secondly, I believe in modern society homosexuality is widely accepted. I accept homosexuality and do not frown upon homosexuals. However, I do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

 

Complete the quiz yourself to help you vote for the right party!

http://www.abc.net.au/votecompass/ 

 

References

Sheridan, Greg 2013, ‘Rudd’s delusions of grandeur are alarming – ELECTION 2013′, News Digital Media, Canberra A.C.T, retrieved 30 August 2013, [http://search.proquest.com.libraryproxy.griffith.edu.au/docview/1428310423].

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