Voting has begun for the 2019 election.
Voting has begun for the 2019 election. David Nielsen

OPINION: In an era of disillusion, where do we turn?

EVERY three years I eat a sausage sizzle. I'm usually not a fan of sausage-on-bread but when there is the smell of election in the air, I can't help myself.

Tomorrow, I once again have the privilege of heading to the polls. I say privilege, because it is. We, as Australians, are lucky to live in a democracy where we have a chance to vote in line with our values for the people we think will best take action.

So why is it that as I scroll through Facebook I see people - old and young alike - making their resentment for politics and politicians public knowledge? They joke about voting for John Snow, Jacinda Ardern, even Donald Trump. It is hard when the leaders of our two political parties seem so out of touch with every day Australians, and with an increasing number of minor party and independent candidates attaching themselves to niche policies and ideals, it can be overwhelming to make that decision.

Whatever it is you care about, I implore you to take the time to educate yourselves. You hold a tremendous amount of power, the type people in many countries dream of. Every three years we have the chance to make our voices heard. Make yours count.



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