First Election Vote

Melbourne, Australia

Day 2326. 21 August 2010

First Election Vote

Melbourne, Australia

Day 2326. 21 August 2010

I have just voted in my first ever Australian election and as I had never voted before in England I have nothing to compare it against but after reading what happened in England last election I am happy to say it look me less than 15 minutes.

Australia really know how to process large queues, in my time here I have had to queue for visas, airport immigration, immigration health checks and now voting and the speed at which they work is amazing.

The old couple you see leaving the building , the lady with the red coat on was let into the queue by a lovely lady as she walking so slow. You can gauge how slow she was by the fact she was 10 in front of me and I've already voted and gone outside to take a few photos. I am not so sure voters in England would let the elderly push in without some complaining but I imagine those selfish types would not show up as voting in England is not compulsory whereas here it is or you get fined.

It reminded me when I came back from England and I had hurt my foot so I was hobbling around the airport. In England nobody stopped to let me pass and I had to work around people whizzing trolleys past me but as soon as I was Melbourne Airport people kept stopping to let me hobble past. It is that attitude which is why this place is the best in the world and now I have just contributed to the future political direction of this great country.

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