[Linux-aus] TPP IP chapter leak

Tim Connors tconnors at rather.puzzling.org
Thu Nov 28 10:46:48 EST 2013

On Wed, 27 Nov 2013, Russell Coker wrote:

> I've had a number of long discussions about politics with a friend who's a
> farmer who might also be described as "conservative Christian".  I don't think
> I'll convince him to vote Green in the near future, but he hasn't had any
> great objections to the Greens policies that he has learned about.
> I think that the lack of broad appeal for the Greens is largely due to people
> who take a very simplistic view of politics.  If the voters were better
> informed then I think that the Greens would do a lot better.  For example I
> often have people tell me that voting for the Greens is "a wasted vote", they
> don't even realise that the Australian voting system is not like the US
> system.

The most tragic story about voter ignorance/misunderstanding I heard was
where someone on the way out of a voting station went over to congratulate
the Greens supporters, saying "I supported the greens.  I put Labor first
then Greens second" (in a safe labor seat, but she didn't want to waste
her vote).

Tim Connors

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