My interest was tinged with frustration when I saw the message of last weekend's workshop, the Right Track run by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, was 'changing the minds of voters'. I've been trying to do exactly that for years and bloomin' years.
Sometimes I wonder if voters actually know the policies of the parties they vote into government. If everyone who professes to believe in a fair go for refugees, a decent and accessible health system, a healthy and sustainable environment, a fair and effective education system, workable public transport, better roads and equal marriage rights, actually voted FOR those things and not for the Parties that are AGAINST them, then I believe a Party the colour of forests would be in government and all those issues would be solved.
Being free to vote for our government is a great privilege hard won by many brave people. With such privilege comes responsibility. Voters have an obligation to educate themselves about the issues, to read the policies of all the Parties and then, for the sake of everyone especially our young ones, to do the right thing.