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Australians vote for prime minister

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Pray for Australia!

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if it's close the results won't be known in time for the QUAD meeting in Tokyo this coming week. its entirely possible that Scomo could go to Tokyo as current PM, but return to Oz as the opposition leader!

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Pray for Australia!

Why? Australian politics is as stable as it gets. Power changes hands freely and extremists are well and truly a fringe minority. One of the worlds safest democracies and a good example for others. If only they could find good leaders for the parties. They are all a bit average to put it nicely.

I would say, save your prayers for others who are not stable, to be more like Australia. Pray for democracy in Russia, Syria, North Korea and China. Also pray for those people subjected to wars like Yemen, Ukraine, Mali and Myanmar. Pray also for Palestinians to get their sovereign state. There is much to pray for in the world and Australian politics is nowhere near the front of that line.

It took me 45 minutes to vote at 10:30am due to the healthy line of voters waiting to cast their vote. All peaceful which is typical of voting in Australia. No sausage sizzle at my voting location, but that was the only deficiency. The sun was out with barely a cloud in the sky.

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conservative Liberal Party

It’s amusing to me that this can make sense in the Australian political context, but would be nonsensical in the American one.

I hope that whoever wins sets the Australian economy up with sound fiscal policy and good governance over the next term. Western governments really lost their brains in response to the pandemic and now we little people are suffering the inflationary consequences.

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If only they could find good leaders for the parties. They are all a bit average to put it nicely.

The only democratically elected leader I can think of that is a good leader, in recent decades, is Zelensky.

Democracy has sadly produced poor results in the more recent part of my life.

In a sense it is not surprising, given what many people believe these days about money growing on trees etc.

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It’s amusing to me that this can make sense in the Australian political context, but would be nonsensical in the American one.

Makes perfect sense in the American context with the neo-liberal, pro corporate policies of conservative Democrats.

Imagine the Overton Window of politics in Australia and NZ skew a little further left?

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Peaceful elections, in order and without violence, not like those of a certain "first world" classs gun-loving country..

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fxgai. Do you realise that when any Australian worker works an hour for a boss that boss has to paid 10% of that hourly rate from his ( the bosses pocket ) into a superannuation fund of the worker preference. That was introduced at in 1986 along with a universal heathcare system the envy of the world Democares and Australia is still has a very sound economy. At the same time blokes like Reagan ( I am sure he said Money don't grow on trees) was bitterly oppose to these reform which American still don't have. So there's the door, tell your story walking.

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It’s a race to the bottom! Not so much who is going to win but who is less of a loser! Labor hasn’t had a decent leader since Hawke or Keating. On top of which it’s a Duocracy not a democracy. Only two choices…

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Do you realise that when any Australian worker works an hour for a boss that boss has to paid 10% of that hourly rate from his ( the bosses pocket ) into a superannuation fund of the worker preference.

It is considered part of the workers entitled wages. Superannuation is paid by the employer be that a company entity or an individual business owner. It does not come out of the pocket of your supervisor or manager, unless they happen to own the business.

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Peter14. I get the meaning of boss eg. If a supervisor or a manager ask me to work overtime. I would reply to him "see the door I am walking" but if it is the BOSS I would I reply " what it worth to you".

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Looks like the Duocracy is getting a wake up call!! :)

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Now that is a seriously off putting picture! :)

Having volunteered as a poll clerk for over a quarter century I can honestly say I have never see owt like that at the polls! Some odd sights but pretty much fully clothed.

Agree Australia is a successful, stable democracy it is a pity the likes of russia, China et al don’t give their people the option.

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John-SanToday 06:29 pm JST

Peter14. I get the meaning of boss eg. If a supervisor or a manager ask me to work overtime. I would reply to him "see the door I am walking" but if it is the BOSS I would I reply " what it worth to you".

Basically the law protects workers and overtime worked is generally time and a half.

I have had bosses expect me to work overtime without pay, and my reply was, I do not provide charity, I work to get paid. If the pay stops, so does the work. They dont like it but can do nothing but pay up when asking me to work overtime, every time. I never allow myself to be pushed around or exploited to work extra hours for free. It is a choice.

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Polls closed several hours ago, but really not great for the Libs...

https://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/federal/2022/results?filter=all&sort=az&state=all

76 required to win, at the time of posting:

Labor 71

Libs 49

Others ("Independent" and other minor parties such as Greens, KAP, UAP and other actual independents): 9

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In a democracy, politicians come and go.

All free TV channels have just announced Labor wins.

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Election has been called for Labor. Scott Morrison is out and Anthony Albanese will be the new Australian PM.

We know now who should be attending the Quad meeting.

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No shirt no shoes no service !

Wildly innapropriate.

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No one would question what Labour is, but "Conservative" in a liberal culture and politics not really making sense.. anyone with a reasonable explanation?

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Albanese is a brand of gummy candy here. Yum. They are softer than the famous German version. Not trying to mix politics with candy choices. /s

If someone showed up to vote here in a speedo, I think the church old ladies running the voter check-in would have heart attacks. Speedos aren't common here, except by members of swim teams. Long board shorts are much more common. My precinct happens to vote at a church, so most people would show up in modest clothes. Last time I voted in person, probably wore a t-shirt and jeans. November isn't weather for shorts here. ;)

Churches, schools, public libraries and other govt service locations are all used for voting.

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