"Tight general elections" in Australia?

@fannitia (2172)
Bulgaria
August 20, 2010 6:15pm CST
Hello, Australians! I joined a discussion about the voting in your country. But then a checked BBC - the quotation is from their site. So I'm curious to know what you think about this voting, what you really expect for the future. BBC is a good media, but here in myLot we have the opportunity to hear directly from you. So, please, tell us what happens in your country!
1 response
@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
21 Aug 10
Well, I can report here in Adelaide, South Australia, things have been very busy since the polling booths opened. It's normally very sleepy on Saturday mornings here, but die-hard voters queued up at booths long before they opened. It's a fine, sunny, but cloudy spring-like day. Australians expect a 95% turnout at elections, mostly due to our system of compulsory voting. All the debates have been held, the two parties, Liberal & Labor have never been better (or should I say, the Leaders) - in nearly every respect they're neck & neck. Here's a website where you can all get very detailed, up-to-the-minute coverage & info on every aspect of our election: http://abc.com.au/elections/federal/2010/ Signing off :-)
@fannitia (2172)
• Bulgaria
21 Aug 10
Thanks, Veganbliss! You were tho only one to respond to me. I've just signed in - I don't know what time is it in Australia, but in my country it's near midnight, we are GMT +2. I really wanted to here more about people's feelings, wahat you think about the political, situation. We don't hear much about Australia. I think that this is good because I work in TV news and I know that a country or a political person go in the news when there is a scandal, a crisis etc. I wish you a better future with your first female PM!
• Adelaide, Australia
23 Aug 10
Hope the link is working well for you :-) Thank you for your good wishes :-) We have a unique system of compulsory voting, which usually results in a 95% turn-out. About 6% of our votes are classed as "informal". We have our first Aboriginal member of Parliament in the Lower House in Australia's history in a safe Liberal seat. We have our youngest member of parliament in a marginal Liberal seat, 20 year old Roy Wyatt. It looks like a hung parliament with no one party able to govern in its own right. This has its positives & negatives. The final results won't be known for a week due to postal votes & a re-count. The political situation is quite stable, regardless of the outcome. The feelings of the people vary widely depending on where one lives. I hope I've answered your questions & thank you for your interest :-)