I mentioned the Family First burn-lesbians-as-witches thing to the vicar at the (Anglican) church where I sing.
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He said comfortingly "I'd burn them before they could burn you."
I'm not actually into burning anyone, but it was sweet of him to offer.
He didn't show any sign of wanting to take it further, but you never know, and at least I've brought it to his attention. He attends the Synod and is well-informed and stuff. Plus, he's in a different electorate from me, so hey, wider range of politicians nagged if he does decide to write or do something.
Well... those of you who know me from LJ will see that I've flipped about Family First and have decided to do something to counteract all their lies, homophobia and bullshit. And their use of the word "family." (My family is NOT a bunch of people who wallow in heterosexual pride and encourage denying everyone else basic rights...)
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Anyway, while looking for information on gay/lesbian youth suicide (which is higher than for straight young people- but I was after figures), I came across this site, by a couple of activists, Ken and Mannie. It's great because it offers some wonderful arguments and inspiration, plus it gives examples of correspondence they've had with various people/papers about same-sex marriage rights.
It's PACKED with activism, and I haven't even started to look at the bulk of it, but I thought it was a relevant link to mention.
Here it is again: http://www.zipworld.com.au/~josken/samesex.htm#samesex
Hi, I'm Rachel.
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I'm just plain angry.
I'm also one of those people who has decided--after living in this country for sixteen years--to opt out of Australia. Because I feel cheated and because I know that if I stay, I will do something I seriously regret. So I'm going to back to my ancestral home in Northern Ireland, but not until April or so of next year. Until then I'd love to be involved in this kind of community. :)
Would love to stay & help further, but this burns. I can't be around here any more.
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I'm Lou, like many people I know I was dissatisfied with the result of the election. Anyway I've decided it's time for me to do something and get a bit more involved in attempting to change the way things are in our country. I live in Sydney.
Hi. I'm Cher, and I'm absolutely part of the disappointed and outraged Left. My main sympathies are with the Greens, and my catalyst issue is gay rights (though I fire up over pretty much anything these days).
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Saturday night sucked, but there are some positives. As I commented to a friend yesterday:
This is what I'm sticking to: last night, a new generation of left-wing warriors was born. I am just as certain of that. Yes, we've got a fight ahead of us. But a legion of passionate social defenders have just stepped up to the plate, and they're not going to back down any time soon.
Chin up, it's training ground time. This is where we all get to prove we're as committed as we say we are.
I'm in Melbourne, Casey at the moment, but soon to be moving to Aston or La Trobe. I'm up for involvement in most things, and happy for RL meetings if people want.
Hi. I'm JK and I'm an 18-year-old uni studnet who has jsut voted in her first federal election and really hoped that people would be able to see the Coalition for the liars and destroyers of Australian integrity that they are and do something about it.
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I have been known to write short letters to newspapers, and after a friend pointed me to this community I thought I'd give it a go and try to get into correspondence with politicians.
Will I still be allowed in teh goup if university work prevents me writing a letter every month?
Hi, I'm Katisha, and I'm a leftie.
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Or let's put it in terms of what I want from a government:
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That's 20 'I wants', and I can think of more, and none of them sound too unreasonable to me.
I also want the courage to change what I can, the serenity to endure what I can't, and the wisdom to know the difference.
At least for my first few months at letter-writing, I think I'll start with "Let's try not to commit attrocities, hey?" and work on from there.
Hey, I'm Melpemone, and I'm a leftie - a Greens voter, to be precise. After having supported the Dems (before their leadership blowout - I loved Natasha Stott-Despoja until they put her in charge) and been a member of youth socialist party Resistance before that, the Greens, to my mind, seem to be the only party left with any sense of justice or dedication to anything other than vote purchasing, and the only party with any power to make change.
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I was horrified watching the election count last night. I'd had such faith in the Australian people - faith that they could finally see that their Prime Minister is a liar and a thief with no integrity. To be so incredibly wrong about that leaves me hurt, disgusted, and very confused.
I can pinpoint a few reasons why off the top of my head - first, the scare campaign run by the Coalition regarding interest rates. And that's absolutely what it was - a scare tactic, and nothing more. According to financial analysts, interest rates will go up sometime towards the end of 2005 no matter who is in charge. No less than 14 experts refuted the Coalition's claim, but when you've got the media on-side, who's listening?
Speaking of the media, there's the second reason. The media bias towards Howard has been nothing short of breathtakingly obvious during this campaign, so far as I can see. As I said to jessindistress, this is because our media is owned by very few people, and these few want the media ownership laws changed (so they can own both a newspaper and a television station, for instance). John Howard is far more likely to tweak the laws in their favour than Labor is, and you can do the math from there. And to think the ABC gets criticised for having a Labor bias...
The third reason I can think of is general ignorance. Something I've noticed in this campaign is a general misunderstanding of how governments work and how elections are decided, and I've had more conversations explaining these things lately than ever before. For instance, the State government here in New South Wales is a Labor one, and they're doing a deeply appalling job. I've had to explain that a Federal election has no bearing on State issues or State government, and that a vote for Labor federally isn't an endorsement of State Labor. I've also disabused several people of false notions about Greens or Labor policy (and my, hasn't this campaign been nasty?), and had to explain the preferences system and how it works to my own mother, who is 44 years old and should know this by now.
The thing is, people just don't care. About politics, about foreign policy, about anything except what affects them directly, and while I can't bring myself to blame people for putting themselves first, not nearly enough people see the bigger picture. Why do so many find voting a chore? Where's the appreciation for democracy? And why, oh why, didn't more people see the disaster that is the current Coalition government, recognise their repeated and endless lies for what they are, and vote the bastards out?
::sigh:: I didn't mean to go on for so long - sorry. :-) But I will say thank you SO much, snapetoy, for creating this group. I live in a house full of dedicated Liberal voters, and it's damn nice to have a forum. I'm starting my letter tomorrow. :-)
Hi, I'm Jess. I've been a leftie for most of my life except when I went through this conservative thing when I was a teenager, and while the results from the election didn't surprise me (well, except for that Family First creep getting in) I'm furious, and I think it's time we did something about this. Or a lot of somethings.
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Like my Mum said, "What else does Howard have to do to make people realise he's a liar?"
I plan to write letters. Lots of them. This year I've started getting a bit more into giving feedback- I gave mucho feedback to Sunrise after they televised a rather one-sided debate, I complained to the Advertising Standards Bureau about the RTL billboard that's gone up, and I'm on the lookout for sending kudos to people who do rock, as well.
As someone said on my LJ, so much of this seems to be a media problem as well- sylvertongue and I were talking about it, too- and part of the problem with the media is that no one thinks to question it. Hell, I have family members who'll watch Today Tonight as though it's unbiased commentary. Yet... who controls the media? I'm even cynical about Rove's promotion of Latham, to tell the truth... I mean, who owns Channel Ten...?
I'm seriously pleased that we've got something happening with this. :) (Thanks, snapetoy!) There's enough of us. We're angry. We might as well harness it and do something with that. And letter writing... hell... you don't need to be a voter to be able to write a letter...
*high fives everyone*
Hiya! My name's snapetoy and I vote left.
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I'm devastated about what happened in the Federal Election, and I want to do something about it.
I read and write fanfic, and I thought - we give our authors feedback - why don't we give it to our leaders?
So, this community was born.
I'm in New South Wales, and I thought that I'd send my first letter to the newly elected Senators here. It'll be the first of many, I'm sure. I'm also going to write to the ALP (what were they thinking?) and to my regional paper this week.
Feel free to use anything in my letters in yours. I'll have this in the mail to the Senators of NSW just as soon as I know who they are. Rock on, the AEC website!
Congratulations on your election to the federal Senate representing the people of New South Wales.
( As a voter, and like you, someone who cares about this country, I'd like to share with you some of my thoughts about the issues that impact upon our lives.Collapse )