In the wake of this announcement, there were plenty of bewildered souls today proclaiming that they simply don’t know who they can trust or how the parties differentiate themselves. Well, this is where the ABC’s “Vote Compass” can be of assistance.
Developed jointly between the ABC and Sydney and Melbourne Universities, the short 30 question tool seeks to match users beliefs and attitudes on key election subjects such as asylum seekers, the economy, climate change, broadband, education and more, to the policy directions being adopted by Labour, the Coalition and Green parties.
The guidance tool aims to cut through the petty Rudd vs Abbott character judgements that have come to be the norm of late, and allow the Australian voting public to correctly focus their attention on party politics and policy proposals.
Based on a Canadian model offered with success across three past elections, “Vote Compass” takes approx. 10 minutes to complete, and participants can choose to complete the questionnaire anonymously.
Also offered on the site are handy written and video guides covering the positions being taken by the parties on various key policies, as well as decent guides on both Federal electorates and candidates, and information regarding the latest “Newspoll” and “Nielsen” opinion polls.
Enrol to vote NOW!
Of course, knowing who you are most aligned to is of little use if you’re not enrolled. Enrolments close 8pm next Monday 12 August, so rock along to www.aec.gov.au/enrol/ and spend a couple of minutes locking in your right to have a say and make a difference.