The Federal Election is Next Week

This time next week the poll booths on the east coast will have long closed and counting will have begun in earnest. But still there is a great deal of speculation and misinformation being spouted around the potential result. For those in the know, this is a no-brainer, but ABC’s Antony Green is still the most articulate and thorough of political statisticians and historians, and his 2500-word summary of the election situation and what needs to happen for either a retention or change of government next week is probably the best common-language summary. Then if you wish to hear more debate and exploration of the policy issues in the forthcoming election, perhaps you should visit YouDecide2007, the On Line Opinion and SBS joint venture, including a weekly webcast, blog and articles covering the final days.

I encourage all voters to be informed about the forthcoming election, and to post an informed vote. Frankly, I don’t care how you vote. What I want to be sure of is that you are not making your decisions based on inaccurate perceptions or misinformation. Please be *sure* of what you are voting for, and don’t just vote the way your parents or friends expect you to vote. Because every vote counts. And a misinformed vote can mean that the rest of us pay for your ignorance.

EDIT: Thanks to Barry for the info that YouDecide2007 is in fact a JV between On Line Opinion and SBS, not OLO and The Australian!

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