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Sunday Saying – Democracy

My daughter voted for the first time ever yesterday. It was a proud and important milestone for both of us. Time for her to exercise her democratic right as an Australian female citizen.

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For centuries, women were disregarded as not being able to understand the complexities of the parliamentary system and relegated to the parlour where embroidering was a more suited pursuit.

Rather shocking to think of that now…

If my daughter had been born over 100 years ago, she would not have qualified to vote. Thank goodness times have changed.

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Yay for New Zealand!

It is unsurprising to see which countries offered universal suffrage first:

“New Zealand was the first country to allow women to vote -1893 – [ well done, sister kiwis], while the King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote in 2011. “

  • 1893 New Zealand
  • 1902 Australia
  • 1906 Finland
  • 1913 Norway
  • 1915 Denmark
  • 1917 Canada
  • 1918 Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia
  • 1919 Netherlands
  • 1920 United States
  • 1921 Sweden
  • 1928 Britain, Ireland

Compulsory voting for national elections was introduced in Australia in 1924, following a pronounced fall in turnout at the 1922 federal election.”

Furthermore, I have grown up knowing voting was once a privilege of the landed gentry, or a domain of men, and thus, take my democratic right very seriously. I am Australian and we expect to vote. It is compulsory here. Yet for many people, voting is a painful process, they avoid it, cast an informal protest vote, or don’t vote at all.

When you think of how many generations did not have a say in how their government was run, it is sobering to think that some would take this right to determine our parliamentary makeup frivolously.

American Thomas Jefferson noted,

” We do not have government by the majority.

We have Government by the majority who participate.”

Whilst many other countries don’t make it compulsory to vote, be it bad or good, our compulsory system, means we do get a more comprehensive view of the public’s wishes in our federal elections. Notwithstanding the preferential voting systems, of course.

“Bad Officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.”

~ George Jean Nathan

Do you agree with Preferential system of voting? Or, ‘first past the post’? [ie. those with the most votes in first place].

Should voting be compulsory?

As Ab Lincoln said, “the ballot is better than the bullet.”

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Something to Ponder About

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Celebrating Diversity in Blogging

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Happy Me!

Acceptance speeches are not what I would call, my forte, I’ll openly admit that. But to disregard or ignore an Award such as, ‘Most Diverse Blog for 2016,’ an honour that has been bestowed on me by others, is disrespectful and that is something I would never do.

Particularly as readers of NepaliAustralian‘s blog  took the time to nominate and vote for my blog.  It is important to be grateful and respectful, regardless of what a reader’s opinion might be of “awards” in the blogosphere. Because, besides the lovely affirmation that my humble ramblings are in fact, “reader-worthy”, what I think NepaliAustralian’s blog awards are doing, is introducing like-minded people to new blogs that they may not easily find via their readers. By the looks of her followers, many agree.

And I do try to discuss and showcase a range of subjects here, so Yay for Diversity! I will try to live up to the title: ‘Most Diverse Blog for 2016!!!’

So here goes…

  1. Thanks to the other nominees for NepaliAustralian Blog Awards, for without them, I would not have had the award bestowed on my blog.
  2. Extra big thank you to NepaliAustralian for launching and coordinating the awards and sending me around the web checking out new and interesting blogs.
  3. A extra extra big thank you to that person who nominated me. I suspect I know who it might be, but do not really know for sure. How more gracious can you get than an selfless gift of nominating anonymously?!
  4. Finally, the biggest thank you goes to those who saw something of value in my blog read my blog, and voted for me! It is most appreciated.

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You can find the full list of Blog winners here. Congratulations to all of them. Perhaps your blog will be amongst them next year?

Something to Ponder About, perhaps?

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Amanda in Trondheim, Norway

 

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