“The (Abbott) government’s narrative is that they haven’t been able to do anything… There’s a negative story attached to the government. They must somehow shift the momentum. The mould will be set if they don’t do something soon and they will have a really, really hard time — and most likely will lose the next election.”
3 Liberal, 1 Palmer United, 1 Green, and 1 ALP candidates all walk into a Red Room.
Meet Your Senators!
So. This was probably your face when we were told we had to vote again…
…..Senate Byelections are exciting things.
But seriously. They are!
Pictured: Your fair author and Dr. Alexey Muraviev
When: 6.30pm, March 25th
Where: St. Catherine’s College, UWA
Who: Dr. Alexey Muraviev, Head of Social Science and International Studies at Curtin University
What: Speaking at the Australian Institute of International Affairs WA Branch Meeting on:
“UKRAINIAN FRONT 2.0:
RUSSIA’S STRATEGIC INTENT, GEO-STRATEGIC CONSEQUENCES
& IMPLICATIONS FOR AUSTRALIA”
***Note: This Meeting was held under Chatham House Rule. ***
** Read about this rule HERE **
It took me less than 5 minutes into Alexey’s talk for me to realise how ill-focused the media reporting has been on the “Crimea Crisis”.
Our understanding has been distorted.
This is what I learned…..
“[In] Australia increased trust in the institution of government is up 13 percentage points to 56 per cent.
However, three in five Australians (60 per cent) do not trust government leaders to tell the truth regardless of how complex or unpopular it is.
And two in five Australians (40 per cent) do not trust government leaders to make ethical and moral decisions.”
Source: Business Insider
February was a really interesting month — Schapelle released, Ukraine in turmoil, Protests at the Winter Olympics, The USA dodging another fiscal default, Aussie troops coming home from Afghanistan, The violent death of an asylum seeker at Manus Island and GWAR’s decapitation of a Tony Abbott effigy at Soundwave.
I initially started out wanting to do an entry on why Gen Y were so disengaged from this election, then came the furor about
Tony Abb-…Prime Minster Abbott’s Cabinet. I sent out a survey to some fellow Gen Y-ers, and got some fascinating responses; I have talked to many other people ofdifferent ages and professions, and every generation had a different experience.
I want to explore Gen –Y’s…
I’ve decided to do a little bit of research for my next entry, and I have been shooting this Questionnaire around, feel free to fill it out, send it to friends etc. The more the merrier!
Email it back to : firstname.lastname@example.org
I am really really interested in what people have to say, absolutely anything. So feel free also to email me your thoughts as well!
“Why do you think Gen Y were so disengaged from this election?”
Keep it short and sweet!
Answer the Questions which apply to you J
Any formal/personal political affiliations? [I.e. Member of ALP, Liberal Party, Young Liberals etc]
What was your role in the recent Election? [I.e. Voter/Campaigner/ AEC Work]
Did you observe much media coverage [online, print, radio, TV etc] about the election? Discuss your observations:
In your role at the bygone election, what were some common attitudes you noticed? Specific issues mentioned?
If you worked for an MP/Political Party, did they undertake any specific means to target Gen Y? [18-24 y.os], were they considered a target group at all?
Why do you think Gen Y were disengaged from this election campaign/politics in general?
Describe your social media experience/observations in the lead up and after the election? What are people talking about?
What are your thoughts on this statistic: Only 5% [25 000] of 500 000 18 -24 yo.s registered to vote at this election, the AEC’s Campaign was deemed a failure, what do you think can be done to engage Gen Y better?
People vote for a party leader, not for a local member: TRUE/FALSE
Do you agree or disagree with the possibility of the voting age being raised to 21 again, so young people can make a more informed vote?
If there was a Gen Y-written blog on Politics, International issues and current affairs that you could connect with on Twitter, through Facebook and by email, would you read it and interact with it? [I.e. suggest issues to be written about to the author] and recommend it to your friends? Yes/No
Look forward to getting some responses!