Our state premier, Geoff Gallop, has unexpectedly resigned both his post and his seat of Victoria Park. This is a real shame – Gallop is easily one of the best premiers we’ve ever had. He was a unifying force within the Labor Party as well and managed to fix most of the stuff Court screwed up.
Anyway, two days ago I woke up with a crazy idea. Why not put all my newly-acquired knowledge about political demography to the test and run as an Independent? It is one of the safest Labor seats in the state. I have absolutely no chance of winning. In fact, if I get the 10% necessary to get my $250 nomination deposit returned, I will genuinely be shocked. But I can’t think of anything I could possibly lose in the process. I’m not important enough for anyone to dig dirt up about, it’ll give me something to do which is interesting and challenging, it’ll get me meeting real people again, and I have no expectations whatsoever so can’t be disappointed. The only thing now is to figure out how to get people to staff the polling booths – there’s 13 of them and I only have two volunteers. According to s183(6) of the Electoral Act 1907, I am not allowed to “solicit the vote of any elector on polling day” so I can’t do it myself (much as I’d love to). Anyone got any ideas? I’m genuinely interested in any input.
My friend Daniel in Canada has been nervously anticipating the upcoming Canadian election, where it is most likely that a Howard clone/Bush fan will be elected there and the current reasonably progressive government thrown out. Naturally, he isn’t too happy, so if you want to drop encouraging words on his journal, feel free 🙂
Anyway, there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing, so bye for now! 🙂